Human Rights House Foundation


Public Defender Association of Uganda

The Public Defender Association of Uganda (PDAU) is a non-profit Human Rights organization that offers criminal legal aid to the poor.

 256 414286487
 +256 772933354
 +256 414540770
Street address:
Plot 117,Muteesa 2 Road
Ntinda, Kampala
Postal address:
P.O.Box 27352,
Kampala - Uganda
East Africa.

It was conceived in 1997 in the context of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) Reforms as one of the new models for improved administration of justice in Uganda. It complements the Criminal Justice Reform Program which is one of the JLOS’ initial key priority areas for reform.PDAU offers legal aid to indigent persons to putting particular emphasis to those charged with criminal offences. The organization works with courts, prisons, police, and other legal aid service organizations/providers.


A society in which disadvantaged people with criminal cases have improved access to justice in fulfilment of constitutional requirements.


To establish a national mechanism for legal representation of people with criminal cases.


PDAU’s legal aid services to poor people is a factor in promoting the right to liberty and fair hearing, alleviating poverty and ensuring professional, cost effective, complete and quality services.


To provide effective legal services for disadvantaged people charged with criminal offences.


  • To establish Public Defender offices and equip them in a sustainable manner countrywide
  • To establish a cadre of motivated lawyers for public defence work
  • To sensitize indigent persons of their legal and human rights
  • To enhance stakeholder’s awareness of the rights of disadvantaged people charged with criminal offences
  • To network with partners and key stakeholders
  • To offer effective legal services to indigent persons
  • To carry out PDAU activities in association with chain-linked intitiative programmes
  • Lobbying and advocacy for law and other reforms
  • To ensure financial sustainability of the Public Defence System
  • Resource mobilization and funding
  • To establish a well equipped and facilitated research and resource/information center
  • To sensitize prisoners on HIV/AIDS
  • To sensitize communities on sexual violence.

Page navigation