About The Legal Aid and Advisory Authority

Director / Chairman’s Message

Gilbert Peterson SC - Director/Chairman
Gilbert Peterson SC - Director/Chairman

I am pleased to welcome members of the public to the website of the Legal Aid and Advisory Authority. For over forty years the Authority has had a proud history of protecting rights enshrined in the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago by providing legal aid and advice to members of our society.

With this website the Authority extends our outreach to new audiences across the length and breadth of Trinidad and Tobago. We trust that through this medium you will be better informed of your rights and we will make it easier for you to access our wide range of services.

Gilbert Peterson S.C.
   Legal Aid and Advisory Authority

Secretary’s Message

Richard Ragoobarsingh - Secretary

We are delighted that you have taken the time to visit our website!

2018 was a year of growth for the Authority with the addition of our Chaguanas District Office to our Network of Offices. In 2019 we have several exciting new developments as we develop, implement and streamline our services to better represent the interests of persons accessing our services.

As part of the Authority’s thrust to enhance customer service, we have included information on this website about what current services we can provide and what information you need to provide us with so that we can better assist you.

Please feel free to contact us online or come in to one of our offices.

We will continue to develop other exciting ways of interacting with you in 2019 and thank you again for visiting our website!

Richard Ragoobarsingh
    Legal Aid and Advisory Authority

About The Legal Aid and Advisory Authority

Established under the Legal Aid and Advice Act, The Legal Aid and Advisory Authority (LAAA) has a proud history of providing legal advice and legal representation to persons who cannot afford to pay for legal services in co-operation with our many stakeholders.

Board Members

Mr. Gilbert Peterson S.C. Director/Chairman
Mr. Kemrajh Harrikissoon S.C. Member
Mr. Ashook Balroop Member
Mr. Anand Singh Member
Mrs. Indira Rampaul-Cheddie Member
Mrs. Deborah Moore-Miggins Member
Mrs. Deokie Sintra Maharaj Member
Mr Gary Awai Member

LAAA District Offices Locations

  • LAAA Port Of Spain (Head Office)

No. 23 Stanmore Avenue, Port Of Spain
Tel. 638-5222 (LAAA)


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  • LAAA San Fernando District Office

    Office Manager, Ms. Hadassah Jackson

6 Harris Street
San Fernando
Tel. 652-1931 / 1984

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  • LAAA Chaguanas District Office

    Office Manager, Ms. Sonya Smith

No. 62 Eleanore Street, Chaguanas
Tel. 225-4522

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  • LAAA Arima District Office

    Office Manager, Mrs. Roxanne Villafana

1st. Floor, Pennywise Building
10-10a Devenish Street, Arima
Tel. 638-5222 Ext. 3401

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  • LAAA Tobago District Office

    Office Manager, Mrs. Merlyn Waldron

Caribana Building,
Bacolet Street, Scarborough
Tel. 660-7502 / 635-0779

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Head Office Departments

  • Secretariat – Mr. Richard Ragoobarsingh, Secretary
  • Mrs. Patrice Mendoza-Mason, Assistant Secretary
  • Civil Advisory and Legal Services
  • Public Defenders Department
  • Registry
  • Human Resources – Mrs. Rachael Thomas, Human Resource Manager
  • Accounts Department – Ms. Tamala Burgess, Accountant II
  • Administration Department – Ms. Kadesh Duncan, AOII
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Investigations Department – Mr. Neverson Davis, Team Leader

Vision Statement

The leading, dynamic organization, providing quality and easily accessible legal services to valued clients by dedicated staff.

Mission Statement

“To make Our Legal Services accessible to persons of moderate means through…Loyal, Dedicated and Competent Staff, In A Timely and Professional manner, Within An Environment in which both Staff and Clients are Highly Valued and Respected and Advancing and Fostering Relationships and Networks with Relevant Stakeholders.”

Core Values

Confidentiality, Integrity, Team Work, Client Care, Quality Service and Efficiency.

Governing Legislation