The Legal Aid Department has been providing legal aid in the sphere of civil law for more than 35 years, under the provisions of the Legal Aid Law, 5732-1972 and in accordance with the Legal Aid Regulations, 5733-1973. In 2011 more than 70,000 people applied to our offices which provided legal representation in more than 200,000 legal proceedings.
In addition to its main function of providing Legal Aid to a specific person in a particular case, the Department sees itself as acting in a statutory capacity of the utmost importance preserving the principle of equality between litigating parties on one hand, and assuring the conduct of a fair legal process on the other. The Department ensures that the right of access to the legal process and the right to a legal remedy will be transformed from an important theoretical principle into a de facto practicality. Please see comments in this regard of The Honorable Judge Cheshin (his past title ) : "The right of access to the Courts is not a Basic Right of a common meaning of the term "basic right". It is one of the exclusive lineups of norms in the legal system - one might say - as I do say - that it is superior to the Basic Rights. Not to mention, its existence is a necessary and essential condition for the exercise of other basic rights." (CA 733/95 Arfel Aluminum Ltd., v. Kalil Industries Ltd., Israel Supreme Court Judgments 51(3) 629 in paragraph 2). In order to perform the important role of being the guardian of the rights of people who can not afford legal services, the Department operates inter alia in order to inform those who require its services of the options available with respect to legal aid.
In light of its client- focused approach, the Department continually strives to improve its services in all realms with a constant effort to improve. In this context we act in accordance with our slogan "the exercise of your rights is the accomplishment of our goal".
One of the tools for increasing the knowledge and improvement of the service is this website.
On this website you will be able to find a brief description of the Department and the way in which it is structured, practical information about the location of the District Offices and their hours of operation, the matters in which Legal Aid is granted, a guide to applying for Legal Aid, questions and answers, relevant legislation etc.
It is our hope that this website will serve as an additional aid and will improve the service in all the areas of the Department's activity with an aspiration to excellence, professionalism, transparency and providing a quality service to all those seeking assistance.
A great deal of time and thought has been invested in establishing the website. I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my personal thanks to all those who took part in the study, creation and establishment of the website. We shall continue working to improve the service, including this site.
Eyal Globus, Advocate
The Head of the Legal Aid Administration