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Legal aid is available to residents of Region #10 (Linden and the surrounding communities) who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney when confronted with a legal problem. You can call or visit the Linden Legal Aid Centre for direct legal assistance at the following address:

Linmine Office Complex
Casuarina Drive
Mackenzie, Linden, Guyana
Telephone: (592) 444-2851
Fax: (592) 444-2848

We are open for business five days per week as follows:

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

When you visit our Centre you will be asked to answer a few questions (called a 'means' test) to determine whether you qualify for free or subsidized legal services.

Old Age Pensioners, juveniles and the disabled automatically qualify for legal aid.

How You Can Help

The Linden Legal Aid Centre has never received financial assistance from the Government of Guyana and is totally dependent on private sources of funding.

You can help us to continue to provide equal access to justice for the residents of Linden by making a donation.

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The Linden Legal Aid Centre is a non-profit, limited liability company that was established to provide equal access to the justice system for poor, low-income and vulnerable residents of Region #10 (Linden and the surrounding communities) who would otherwise be unable to afford an attorney.

Our specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To provide legal advice and representation in civil matters and in criminal cases where adequate legal representation would make a material difference to the prospect of an accused person receiving a fair trial.
  2. To provide legal representation and assistance to women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.
  3. To provide public education and training in the pursuit of justice and the reduction of crime and violence in the community.
  4. To conduct evaluation research to ascertain the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided, and to respond appropriately to the results of this research.

On behalf of the Linden community, the Board of Directors of the Linden Legal Aid Centre wishes to acknowledge and extend sincere thanks to our donor agencies for the funding received during the period of January 2008 through August 2009:

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID-Guyana Democratic Consolidation and Conflict Resolution (GDCCR) Project).

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF-Guyana Child Protection Project). Click here to visit UNICEF-Guyana's website.)

April 09, 2012

Our 2010 auditors' report is now available. It can be downloaded as a PDF file from the "About Us" page.

February 24, 2012

Evaluation Research

Preliminary analyses of a client satisfaction survey administered to 111 (one hundred and eleven) Lindeners during the summer of 2011 reveal strong overall satisfaction with the services provided by the Linden Legal Aid Centre. The survey instrument, with no client identifiers, was administered to a sample of residents whose cases had been completed by the Centre. Participation was voluntary and clients were assured of confidentiality and anonymity. Clients' views were solicited across all aspects of legal services measured by the questionnaire on a five-point (likert-type) scale. Ms. Miyako Jones, undergraduate computer science major at the University of Michigan-Flint, created a database using the SPSS statistical software package with the assistance of Mrs. Maria Schell, Senior Administrative Assistant, University of Michigan-Flint Office of Research. Open-ended comments were compiled in a standard text file.

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January 15, 2012

The office of the Linden Legal Aid Centre was destroyed by fire on April 12, 2011. The building that housed the Centre, the Christianburg Magistrate's Court, and the Probation and Welfare offices of the Ministry of Human Services, was built in 1803 and was the most historic building in Linden. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is believed to have begun in the upper storey of the building. The Centre has since been relocated to the Linmine Office Complex on Casuarina Drive in Mackenzie.

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