Legal Resources Foundation was established and registered in 1993 to promote and protect human rights through the provision of legal aid services to the indigent. The Foundation’s secretariat is situated in Lusaka with eight other provincial offices in Kitwe, Livingstone, Kabwe, Kasama, Chipata, Mansa, Solwezi and Mongu.
In Lusaka the Foundation runs six advice centres situated in high-density areas of the city. The LRF has a registered law firm namely the Legal Resources Chambers (LRC). LRC employs lawyers under the Foundation who provide free legal representation to litigants in court. The LRC is headed by a Principal Advocate and lawyers who litigate in all matters of the Foundation.
The organisational structure of the LRF is composed of the Board, as the policy-making organ and the management team that oversees the implementation of programmes and the policies. The professional services are provided by lawyers under the LRC. Paralegals and support staff carry out the actual implementation of the programme activities of the Foundation. Each year the Foundation helps about 35,000 people through its range of services including legal advice, impact litigation, pre-trial and legal education.
The Foundation’s legal aid services, prison visit programme and actual representation in courts of law are extended to other vulnerable groups such as refugees, prohibited immigrants and juvenile offenders.