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Access to legal aid in rural communities: new opportunities

Poverty, low level of legal awareness and lack of legal services are key factors that isolate the rural population from the state legal system and justice. Legal needs in remote communities in the majority of cases remain unsatisfied, and the question of equal access to justice remains open. The need to expand access to justice creates a need for the involvement into raising legal awareness of persons who have no legal education, as law graduates typically seek work in large cities, where the creditworthiness of customers is much higher than in rural areas.

Coalitions of legal aid providers: first results

Since the middle of 2015 in Ukraine the state system of providing free secondary legal aid in civil and administrative cases is adjusted: 100 local centers for free secondary legal aid are opened in all regions. Formation of coalitions of organizations that provide legal aid started in territorial communities.

Legal Services at Kyiv train station

Over 100 soldiers visit daily a volunteer point of aid to ATO participants at the Southern Station in Kyiv. Some people are going to ATO zone, others are coming back home. They can drink tea, wait for the train, talk to other combatants, charge their mobile phones, read some useful literature at the recreation point.

State limited social benefits for members of families of lost ATO combatants

“My father died because of an illness caused by military service. It is specified in the medical certificate. Having collected a lot of documents, my mother and I managed to receive the certificates of members of the family of the fallen soldier and to receive a 50% discount on the utility bills. The mother's certificate is valid for life time or until she gets married for the second time. The mine is valid until my majority. But since July of this year it’s not valid. I re-read the Law “About the Status of Veterans of War, a Guarantee of Their Social Protection” that affirms the right, but didn't find any changes. Please, explain why the benefits have been abolished. On the basis of what normative legal act?” This is the question Olena asked in a chat room of “Legal Space”.

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