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.
Training of Trainers for developing skills of working with vulnerable groups of clients within the legal aid (LA) system
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”.
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 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.
On October 19-22, a meeting of the working group on improving legislation in the field of LA, including changes to the core Law, was held in Kyiv.
A series of 12 types of new brochures was published with the support of the Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine Project. Their topics cover the most relevant and important issues, as they were selected based on the analysis of citizen requests to local legal aid centres and bureaus, and reflect the actual legal needs of territorial community residents.
A three-day training session was held in Kyiv to develop the capability of the Coordination Centre’s team
On May 18-20, the specialists of the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision took part in three-day training on capacity development for strategic planning and development of facilitation skills. The training was conducted by the Ukrainian-Canadian project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine, implemented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education and funded by…
Methodological recommendations on the elaboration of local LA programmes – a special handbook was published
The work on methodological recommendations “The programme of free legal aid provision: elaboration, planning, fulfilment, reporting” is completed. These recommendations are designed to provide local communities with practical tools of solving relevant community problems by developing and implementing targeted programmes of legal aid provision, based on the experience gained in Ukraine so far. The handbook will be relevant and useful for local communities, including local self-government bodies and local executive authorities, as well as to all legal aid providers. The handbook was created and published with the support of the Ukrainian-Canadian Project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine and the International Renaissance Foundation.