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The Role of University Based Legal Aid Centers in Ensuring Access to Justice in Ethiopia

The Role of University Based Legal Aid Centers in Ensuring Access to Justice in Ethiopia

That being said, what are the major activities of these centers that are estab- lished at university levels that made them so relevant by all accounts? The uni- versity-based legal aid centers provide full-fledged legal service for the indigent section of the society. The Mekele Legal Proposal details out the undertaking that it engages in achieving its goals as “the center has been involved in different activities among others providing free legal aid service, advocacy, community legal literacy program, and different training to legal practitioners’ to strengthen the capacity of justice system” (The Mekele University Legal Aid Proposal, 2015: p. 3). The services of the centers extend to the commonly known part of the so- ciety as indigent, vulnerable and people living with HIV/AIDS. In this relation, Hawassa University legal aid proposal underlined that the beneficiaries of the service as “the target beneficiaries of the service are those groups which research shows are the most likely to suffer discrimination and be poor: women, children, prisoners, people living with HIV/AIDS, persons with disability and the elderly” (Hawassa University, Free Legal Aid Service Program Proposal, 2017: p. 2). As the principle guiding the delivery of the service, it has been argued that “the principles that underpin the rights advice service are that the service is free, con- fidential, impartial and independent…” (Ibid).
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2018_Bane.pdf

2018_Bane.pdf

After speaking with respondents from various types of organizations located throughout the state, it is clear that pro bono takes different forms throughout the state, depending on the size of the city, the sizes of firms, the number of attorneys, the resources of legal aid providers in the area, and more. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy has an extensive pro bono program and is able to match attorneys with cases that fit their comfort level and preferences. Riasanovsky said, “If you were able to go to a legal aid office in, let’s say, Winston Salem, they may have 5 practice areas. We have 20, maybe 22” reviews (personal communication, February 9, 2018). In Charlotte, there are many large international law firms that place a heavy emphasis on firm-wide pro bono participation reviews (K. Riasanovsky, personal communication, February 9, 2018). Riasanovsky said, “We have partnerships with all of the major law firms. I have never not placed a pro bono case in 8 years. I’m talking thousands of cases. There is an unprecedented amount of community support. When I ask for help, I get it” reviews (K. Riasanovsky, personal
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Foundation for Change

Foundation for Change

Finally, the legal aid system should make room for and prioritize systemic work — that is to say, legal aid services which potentially benefit a large number of economically disadvantaged people, society, and the public interest more generally. While I received relatively fewer submis- sions on this point, I was persuaded that systemic work should be seen as a core legal aid service. The focus of legal aid work is on assisting individuals to deal with their legal problems. However, legal aid providers are uniquely placed to identify the widespread and recurring legal problems and to use legal strategies to address them on a system-wide basis, thereby solving the prob- lem for a greater number of people and reducing the demands on legal aid and on other legal proceedings. For example, duty counsel may identify recurring problems with bail hearings and suggest practical reforms. Similarly, community advocates and supervising lawyers can identify patterns of wrongful denials of services or benefits to members of a vulnerable group and ad- dress this situation either through law reform advocacy or test-case litigation. The Community Legal Clinics in Ontario are widely touted as operating in a manner that facilitates both individual and systemic work. In British Columbia, systemic work is carried out by agencies such as the Community Legal Assistance Society and the BC Public Interest Advocacy Centre, but there is also a potential role for LSS in a renewed legal aid system.
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Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2012

Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2012

As noted earlier, it has been a regular refrain of the Board that there needs to be overall coherence in terms of accountability, governance, finance and inter-dependence in relation to legal aid generally. This has been a matter that has long been accepted by the current Minister and initial steps have been taken to transfer responsibility for criminal legal aid to the Board. Two of the ad hoc schemes are already with the Board with the main scheme awaiting the necessary legislation. Government has also approved the transfer of the Mental Health Commission legal aid scheme to the Board and this, too, awaits legislation. 2013 is certainly likely to present considerable challenges. The most significant is the budgetary one and our capacity to meet the demand on the civil law side. Being successful in having a greater number of cases resolved through mediation rather than through the courts is also not resource-free. There will be challenges too in extending the Board’s remit in criminal legal aid, Mental Health Commission legal aid and further developments on the civil law side. The Board is determined to ensure that the extra responsibilities taken on and challenges faced will be addressed with the same commitment, resolution and professionalism that we bring to bear on an ongoing basis to all our work.
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Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2016

Legal Aid Board Annual Report 2016

It is still the case that the majority of applicants seeking services from the Board do so in relation to a family problem. Of the 16,649 applications to law centres in 2016 approximately 81% involved a family matter (this figure excludes applications on foot of the Abhaile Scheme). This percentage is the same as it was in 2015 and the predominance of applications for legal aid or advice in relation to family problems is consistent with the pattern of demand in other jurisdictions. The numbers seeking services in relation to international protection matters rose from 1,537 to a figure of 1,648. This is over twice the level of demand there was for these services in 2013 (708) though still very considerably less than fourteen or fifteen years ago when the demand for legal services in this area consistently exceeded 5,000 applications per year. The commencement at the end of 2016, of the ‘single procedure’ provisions in the International Protection Act 2015 is welcome and they should stream-line the international protection process for the benefit of all.
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LEGAL SERVICES FOR NYC (LSNY) THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY

LEGAL SERVICES FOR NYC (LSNY) THE LEGAL AID SOCIETY

Citywide vacancy rates are extremely low, meeting the legal definition of a housing emergency in New York City. 3 William C. Thompson Jr., the City Comptroller, recently said that, due to the large number of apartments withdrawing from the state Mitchell-Lama program 4 and similar federal and state subsidy programs, 5 the city’s “impending crisis in affordable housing” has arrived. 6 The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) noted that the “increasing unavailability of housing units at affordable prices remains one of the largest obstacles for low-income households.”
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Legal aid towards an understanding of our legal rights

Legal aid towards an understanding of our legal rights

nearest Legal l~id Bureau is situc:t,~d.,Rather the main ques td onjaaked by us is what rights do we have that would entitle us to legal redress, be it 'via the Legal Aid Bureau or other[r]

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Approved Out of Area Pro Bono Organizations

Approved Out of Area Pro Bono Organizations

Since its founding in 1988 by law students at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall, EBCLC staff attorneys have supervised approximately 400 law students through the clinical internship program. During this time, staff and students have assisted clients with more than 13,000 legal matters. EBCLC is now both the largest provider of legal services for poor people in the East Bay and Boalt Hall's primary legal services clinic. Contact organization directly for current needs.

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OPTIONS FOR LEGAL AID PROGRAMMING IN THE MALDIVES

OPTIONS FOR LEGAL AID PROGRAMMING IN THE MALDIVES

A fundamental question is whether legal aid should be under control of the Judiciary or the AGO. More than likely, the AGO will retain primary responsibility, but the Judiciary should also have a defined role. Courts need to draw a bright line between basic information on court procedures and giving legal advice. Courts currently can provide basic filing information and forms, fees, procedure, etc., but cannot engage in the provision of substantive advice. Courts in the islands and atolls are very small and need guidance from the Supreme Court or the DJA on proper procedures. There needs to be an access point for lawyers at the AGO or the courts to obtain legal aid information and procedural issues. This can be provided inexpensively via a hotline that lawyers can call. Courts can also provide facilities at the courthouse for lawyers (e.g., a private conference room that a lawyer can rent for a small fee to meet with a client).
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Legal Aid Board Corporate Plan 2012 – 2014

Legal Aid Board Corporate Plan 2012 – 2014

•Effective assimilation of new areas of work Family Mediation Service, Criminal Legal Aid, Mental Health Legal Aid Scheme;.. •Implementation of the Croke Park Agreement on modernisation [r]

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Comparing legal aid systems

Comparing legal aid systems

• Editor Working Group Report Access to Justice UN Commission Legal Empowerment of the Poor 2008.. • Board-member Dutch Legal Aid Board 2000-2010?[r]

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How To Apply For Legal Aid

How To Apply For Legal Aid

I confirm that I have personally checked the foregoing and am satisfied that all sections have been fully and accurately completed and that all the enclosed documents are clear and legible. I understand that if a Legal Aid Certificate is granted I have a duty to keep the case under review and to keep the Legal Services Agency informed of any material development which may adversely affect the continuation of Legal Aid.

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Access to Criminal Justice

Access to Criminal Justice

Richard Young and David Wall 1 1 Criminal legal aid in England and Wales — II Access to criminal justice and the defence of liberty — in The role of legal aid in society — IV The adminis[r]

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Your guide to Legal Aid

Your guide to Legal Aid

• Lawyers – Many lawyers do legal aid. The Ministry has a list of legal aid lawyers on its website at www.justice.govt.nz. Lawyers are also listed in the Yellow Pages under “Barristers and Solicitors” and “Lawyers”; however, not all lawyers do legal aid work. Some lawyers may answer questions about legal aid for free, but you should always check this with the lawyer when you start talking to them.

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There are resources that you can contact for legal

There are resources that you can contact for legal

4. The Law Line — Legal services staff on the Law Line can answer your questions and refer you to other resources that may be able to help you with your legal problem. This is a legal information telephone service that provides information on poverty, family, criminal and prison law. This service is for people who have been refused by legal aid.

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Legal Aid and Legal Expenses Insurance, Complements or Substitutes? The Case of The Netherlands

Legal Aid and Legal Expenses Insurance, Complements or Substitutes? The Case of The Netherlands

To simplify the analysis and the presentation, we will henceforth compress the ten income classes of Figure 2 into three major classes: (1) less than € 20,500, (2) € 20,500 - 45,000 and (3) € 45,000 and more. See Table 1. This threefold classification has been chosen in view of the legal aid income thresholds in the Netherlands; cf. Section 2. Taking into account differences in income definitions (survey: gross income; legal aid criterion: fiscal income) together with the difference in the income threshold for multi-person households versus singles, we know (almost) for sure that respondents in income class 1 are entitled to legal aid according to government standards. Respondents in income class 3 on the other hand are definitely outside the range of legal aid. Income class 2 takes an intermediate position.
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University Legal Clinics In The Fulfillment Of Women And Children Rights

University Legal Clinics In The Fulfillment Of Women And Children Rights

During its development, university legal clinic at FLAP Faculty of Law Monash University has begun and practiced in the area of Victoria Dandenong Family Court which is became one of the pilot projects. They open ministry on every working day at the Dandenong Family Court and Monday becomes the busiest day. Funding support provided by the Victorian State Government is allocated to employ an attorney and administrative officer and fees. Such a program can be simply referred to as self-help. Referring to FLAP Annual Report (2013), this program is seemed also more intended for people who have family law issues and do not have the funds to conduct legal remedies in court. Until now, the pilot project is very well known as the Family Court Support Program.
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Submission to the Public Commission on Legal Aid

Submission to the Public Commission on Legal Aid

Over  the  years,  empirical  research  and  legal  needs  studies  have  challenged  that  approach.  Forty   years  later,  the  conventional  wisdom  recognizes  that  legal  aid  plays  an  important  role  in  the   economic  and  social  health  of  the  entire  community  and,  to  make  its  maximum  contribution,   must  take  an  outcome-­‐focused  approach  ;ĂůƐŽƌĞĨĞƌƌĞĚƚŽĂƐĂ͞ĐůŝĞŶƚ-­‐ĐĞŶƚƌĞĚĂƉƉƌŽĂĐŚ͟Ϳand   concentrate  on  helping  people  find  timely  and  lasting  resolutions  to  their  legal  problems.   Legal  aid  now  encompasses  a  full  spectrum  of  services  ranging  from  education  programs  and   self-­‐help  information  aimed  at  the  general  public,  through  outreach  services  to  assist  
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Comparing legal aid spending : The promise and perils of a jurisdiction-centred approach to (international) legal aid research

Comparing legal aid spending : The promise and perils of a jurisdiction-centred approach to (international) legal aid research

Punitiveness and Leniency. Until recently it appeared to be conventional penological wisdom to suggest that Dutch sentencing is far more lenient and tolerant than that in other countries and especially that of the UK (Downes 1988). It would be tempting to conclude that this explains a generally more ‘tolerant’ climate which in turn may require lower legal aid spending since a custodial sentence may be assessed as unlikely by legal aid decision-makers and so making legal aid unnecessary. However, the evidence for this more lenient penological approach is open to question. The evidence tends to concentrate on the analysis of cross-national rates of imprisonment. The conventional means of comparison of national prison populations is as a number incarcerated per 100,000 of population (e.g.: Council of Europe 1992). These have tended to show a substantially higher rate in Great Britain than that in the Netherlands. However, this is not the end of the story in assessing punitiveness and leniency. Ken Pease has argued that expressing prison population in relation to national population is ‘…useless for all practical and intellectual purposes.’ (Pease 1994: 125, sic). The Netherlands may not be as lenient as their position in the oft-used league tables of imprisonment rates suggest (see also Kommer 1994). In using the number of people imprisoned per 100,000 of the population as the main indicator of punitiveness, the influence of early release legislation and practices (including remission and parole); pre-trial practices and their relationship with ‘backdating’ to cover a period spent in custody on remand are critical. Given the relatively less generous practice concerning early release from custody in the Netherlands than in Britain, the use of imprisonment rates as a means of calibrating of puntiveness and leniency may therefore be suspect. Reviewing alternative means of comparing ‘national punitivess’, Pease concludes:
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