Legal aid in community

15 Nov 2013
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Manual on creation and administration of the Сommunity Law Centres

In this publication, the UN Development Programme, International Renaissance Foundation, and Open Society Justice Initiative, Budapest, made an attempt to unite practical experience and efforts of the civic sector representatives, who implement their activities related to providing free legal aid in Ukraine.

Proper exercise of the right to legal aid is inseparably related to the social development. In societies where this right is not properly secured, people and particularly vulnerable groups of population are not aware of existing statutory guarantees and potentials, and are not interested in application of legal instruments for proper social interaction. In Ukraine, 42.6 % of the population prefers outside-of-law means to resolve their problems. Such state of things results in total distrust in the state generally and in the judicial system in particular as a single impartial regulator of social balance and justice: 42.8% of Ukrainians do not believe in a fair trial and overwhelming majority of the population, 83.3%, consider that courts are efficient for those who have respective level of income only.

This manual accumulates available practices of creating and administrating Community Law Centres in communities. So that all of the parties concerned, such as government authorities, local self-government authorities, and public sector would be able to search the information they may need in relation to legal regulation of the Centres’ operations, including arranging activities in remote communities, procedure and standards, and ways of supporting sustainable availability of such services.

 

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