The Legal Unit was established at the NCWC in 2012 with the appointment of a Legal Officer.
The main functions of the Unit are:
- The Unit receives and handles cases related to issues pertaining to women and children. Most of the cases received so far are related to violence against women, women in special difficult circumstance, children in difficult circumstances, children in conflict with the law and seeking of legal advice and assistances. The Unit renders support and facilitates the complainant as per the existing laws of the Kingdom. It also coordinates with relevant agencies to assist the complainant, when the redress sought for is beyond the mandate and capacity of the NCWC. The Unit follows up and monitors the cases to ensure the wellbeing of the victims even after the closure of the cases.
- The Unit screens and facilitates adoption process (both domestic adoption and inter-country adoption) as per the Child Adoption Act of Bhutan 2012 and the NCWC can only process the adoption of a Bhutanese Child. The Unit assesses and determines the suitability of the prospective adopting parents as per a set of procedures. The Unit, as a post adoption procedure, monitors and conducts evaluation of all the children adopted to ensure their well-being.
- The Unit drafts and reviews legislations, rules and regulations, and policies relating to protection and promotion of the rights of women and children.