LEGAL AID SYSTEM IN UKRAINE: AN OVERVIEW

This Overview of the Ukrainian legal aid system was prepared within the framework of the Canadian-Ukrainian project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine. This Overview is the result of the efforts of the Project team in close cooperation with the Project partner, the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision. This publication describes the key elements and main performance indicators of the Ukrainian free legal aid system. Developed in 2014 for the first time, the publication is being constantly updated.

This collection is About Us: “AGAINST VIOLENCE”

This collection is About Us: “AGAINST VIOLENCE”. 10 stories written by 10 famous Ukrainian writers where the situations and characters are recognizable and lifelike, and intended to describe typical domestic violence situations prevalent in Ukrainian households. The commentary from psychologists which help in understanding the situation. The advice from legal counsels about what to do, who to contact and what documents to file when you or someone else is suffering from family violence.

Booklets about LA have been prepared in Braille for people with visual impairment

With the support of the Project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine, booklets “Free Legal Aid in Ukraine” for people with visual impairment were published in the amount of 30,000 copies. The booklets printed in Braille describe the types of free legal aid and ways of obtaining it, in particular, for the most vulnerable and sensitive categories of people, including people with disabilities.

On 20-22 April 2018, with the support of the Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine Project and in partnership with the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, a training was held on the training of lawyer-trainers (ToT), who will further conduct trainings on developing skills of working with vulnerable groups of clients of the LA system.

Support from the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision in the course of developing and implementing a gender-based strategy within the LA system

On 19 April, a discussion of important and relevant issues was held with the participation of Dr. Pauline Rankin, Canadian expert on gender policy issues and the specialists of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision and the Directorate for Human Rights, Access to Justice, and Legal Awareness of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

Canadian experts participated in the discussion of issues related to the improvement of the LA management model

On 5-7 March 2018, a series of expert consultations on improving the governance model for strengthening independence of the legal aid system in Ukraine took place was held within the framework of the cooperation between the Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine Project and the Council of Europe Project “Continued Support to the Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine”.

A strategic session aimed at planning the activities of the Coordination Center was held in Kyiv

On 26 January, the specialists of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision held a strategic session on the planning of its activities for 2018 and in the mid-term. The event was conducted with the support of the Canadian-Ukrainian Project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine funded by the Global Affairs Canada and implemented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education.

A workshop held in Chernihiv on the work with WikiLegalAid legal consultation platform

A workshop on using WikiLegalAid reference platform for legal consultations was held in Chernihiv on 21-22 December with the support of the Ukrainian-Canadian Project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine. Participants of the educational event included employees of local FSLA centres in Chernihiv region; it was held by specialists of the Coordination Center and Kyiv Interregional Resource and Communication Platform.