On 1-2 August 2018, with the support of the Project, experts from 23 centers for the provision of legal aid in Ukraine and the Coordination Center discussed the prospects for the development and efficient functioning of WikiLegalAid information platform for legal advice. The most active developers of WikiLegalAid participated in the event. The event was aimed at forming an effective team of authors, called “Wikings”, who will continue working on the development and promotion of WikiLegalAid.
Together, the participants defined the purpose and intention of WikiLegalAid, as well as main requirements thereto. WikiLegalAid is not only intended to simplify procedures for advisers (free primary legal aid) but also to enhance their quality, in addition, it will enhance legal awareness of people who are likely to use the platform in the long run.
According to the participants, critical issues for WikiLegalAid are the issues of ensuring the relevance and reliability of information placed in the database (its timely adjustment in connection with the adoption of new rules of law), its completeness and structuring, usability (including availability and search), coordinated activities of the authors. The participants emphasized the need to provide feedback to users, to take into account judicial practice, and so on.
The participants shared their thoughts about the factors that promote and hinder its development, the benefits of mandatory use of WikiLegalAid in written consultations and possible risks; discussed the need for editing legal consultations on the platform and technical support, the possibility of engaging external experts, a plan for further actions, etc.
During the training, attention was also paid to the issues of efficient communication and team work.
Moderators and trainers of discussions were representatives of the Coordination Center: Vitaliy Okhrimenko, Natalia Zaitseva, Kateryna Seredenko, Yaroslav Getmansky, as well as Ivanna Ibragimova, Project Team Leader.
Oleksii Bonyuk, Director of the Coordination Center for Legal Assistance; Oksana Vasylyaka, First Deputy Director; Oleksandr Baranov, Deputy Director; and Serhiy Kucheruk, Head of the Human Resources and Information Resources Development Division in the field of legal aid, also spoke at the beginning of the event.
It should be noted that this is already the 12th event dedicated to WikiLegalAid, supported by the Project. The preliminary events for developing the skills of using and filling the database of consultations by the authors were held at Pravokator legal clubs for employees of LA centers from 16 Oblasts of Ukraine. This work will continue in the future. Representatives of the “Wikings” team of authors who participated in the training in Kyiv are expected to participate in these trainings too.
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