The project Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine has translated “Guide on Legal aid Principles on Civil, Administrative and Family Justice Systems and its Commentary” prepared by the International Bar Association (IBA) in September 2018, into Ukrainian. The translation was made with the IBA permission.
At the IBA invitation, legal aid experts from around the world who attended the round table in Belfast in May 2017, including Project partners in Canada – Head of the Legal Aid System in the province of British Columbia, Mark Benton, and the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), worked on the document.
The Guide contains 27 principles grouped according to three areas:
- The funding, scope and eligibility for the right to legal aid
- The administration of legal aid
- The provision of legal aid
The document analyses the following topics: factors that should be taken into account when creating a budget for legal aid; the relations between the institution that administers legal aid and the relevant government; how to avoid corruption and favouritism; how to make decisions about those who will have the right to provide legal aid, and about the procedure for distributing cases between them; the sum of remuneration for the legal aid providers, etc.
We hope that the translation of the Guide will be useful to Ukrainian experts in the field of legal aid in their work on the further development of the legal aid system in Ukraine, which is a necessary element of access to justice.