The present mandate of the Council is as follows;
CRIMINAL CODE (In the Southern States of Nigeria)
PENAL CODE (In the Northern States of Nigeria and FCT)
1. Murder of any Degree.
Culpable homicide Punishable with death
Culpable homicide not punishable with death
3. Maliciously or willfully Grievous hurt.
Wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm
4. Assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Criminal force occasioning actual bodily harm
5. Common assault.
9. Armed Robbery.
A. Aiding and abetting, or counseling or procuring the commission of, or being an accessory before or after the fact to, or attempting or conspiring to commit, any of the offences listed above.
B. (i) Civil claims in respect of accidents including employees’ compensation claim (under the Employee’s Compensation Act, (Act No.13 of 2010).
The LAC Act 2011 also provides in Section 8 (3)-
The Council shall establish and maintain a service to be known as the Civil Litigation Service for the purpose of assisting indigent persons to access such advice, assistance, and representation in court where the interest of justice demands, to secure, defend, enforce, protect or otherwise exercise any right, obligation, duty, privilege interest or service to which that person is ordinarily entitled under the Nigerian legal system. Legal Aid shall also be granted in respect of any breach or denial of any such right, obligation, duty, privilege or service. The Council shall be responsible for the representation before any court or tribunal for such civil matters.