The BAC Education Group has just launched its newest endeavour to give back to our community; its very own Legal Aid Centre. This centre is a joint partnership between BAC Education and Amicus Curiae General, an organisation centred around bridging the gap between law students, postgraduates, pupils and young lawyers through applied learning.
The soft launch, held on 30th April 2022, featured several speakers from the BAC Education Group and Amicus Curiae General, along with keynote speaker Dato’ Seri Mohd Hishamudin bin Md Yunus. The event also featured a step-by-step tutorial on the Legal Aid Centre’s processes.
LAC will provide free legal advice and information to the community at large, especially those who are financially compromised.
While the centre is open to everyone, one must pass a Means test to be eligible for this service. The Means test is a preliminary test to determine the person's current status and eligibility for free legal advice. For example, the test will ask for the applicant's income and whether they are single or married to determine their financial status. This is to ensure its services are not abused.
LAC's legal aid is provided by volunteer lawyers from the Klang Valley area who are associated with Amicus Curiae General. There are currently five volunteers, including Amicus' founder, Mr. Gurbinder Singh Gill. These volunteer lawyers are supported by law students from BAC as well as various other institutions.
At the moment, LAC only provides online consultations as they are still in the midst of setting up their physical centre. They plan on enhancing exposure in order to build up their profile and gain more volunteers as well as clients.
If you are interested, visit the Legal Aid Centre’s website to find out more about how to receive this aid or how to volunteer.