In 2007, The Government of Kenya, through the defunct Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs, now the Department of Justice in State Law Office established the National Legal Aid and Awareness Programme, NALEAP.
The main aim of setting up NALEAP was to create awareness with the Kenyan public about legal aid, to provide legal advice and representation mainly to the poor, marginalised and vulnerable in the Kenyan society.
Legal aid is a human rights issue, and the goal of NALEAP is create a practical, affordable and effective legal awareness and legal aid service delivery scheme that increases access to justice for all.
NALEAP programme has facilitated the production of the draft Legal Aid Bill, which is ready for passing into law.
The programme is expected, among other things, to lay a foundation for the establishment of a structured and sustainable national legal aid scheme in Kenya and thereby streamline the provision of legal aid services.
- Legal education, legal aid, advice and litigation to children in conflict with the law and those in contact with the laweither as witnesses or victims;
- Training in self representation to capital offenders, especially those accused of Robbery with Violence;
- Mediation and counseling in Family matters;
- Alternative Dispute Resolution, with an emphasis on mediation. (In this, NALEAP also trains elders on mediation).