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Free legal aid to every poor person in Chuguev
Yuriy Chumak, Coordinator of Chuguev Community Law Center, tells about best-practices and success cases of his Center Yuriy Chumak, Coordinator of Chuguev Community Law Center, tells about best-practices and success cases of his Center

Local authorities and human rights defenders develop the system of free legal aid for people of Chuguev in Kharkiv region. Now, every Wednesday lawyers of Chuguev Community law center will give free legal aid in public bureau of city council.

Every person has right to obtain legal aid. In legally provided cases this aid should be free. At the same time, law delegates the right to ensure the provision of free legal aid to local authorities using the community budget. The development of such system is very important. It is the opportunity for every vulnerable person to receive legal consultation of high quality and to defend violated rights and freedoms.

At the same time, community human rights organizations already have considerable experience I the free legal aid sphere. Citizens who think that their rights have been violated or who have difficulties exercising their rights, for more than a year have an opportunity to obtain free legal help in Chuguev Community Law Center which works with the support of the International “Renaissance” Foundation within the framework of “Rule of law” program.

In order to introduce effective system of free legal aid provision, consultation by qualified lawyers who can explain the law and consult on the realization of rights, the mayor of Chuguev created working group to determine the practice of providing primary free legal aid.

The group consists of the members of the executive office, deputies of Chuguev city council, and representatives of several community organizations. There was the session of this working group last week.

The coordinator of Chuguev Community Law Center, Yuriy Chumak talked on the Center’s experience and successful practices.

Roman Likhachov, the head of Chuguev human rights group said the quality of providing free legal aid was increased due to the Memorandum on cooperation which was signed by the organization and the executive body of Chuguev city council.

During the session, the members of working group agreed that such practice should be increased, and people in Chuguev should obtain diversified legal aid in public bureau from different professionals – specialists from Community law center, lawyers of executive committee departments, deputies of city council etc.

At the end of the session, the first assistant of city mayor Mykhailo Nikitchenko told that this common work will be useful for the residents of the city. Chuguev can become one of the pioneers in developing the working system of providing free legal aid to the community.

Additional Information: Community Law Center in Chuguev was established with the support of the International “Renaissance” Foundation within the framework of “Rule of law” and is administrated by the Chuguev human rights group. You can learn more on the Centers network activities, basics and principles of work here:www.legalspace.org

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