Trainings for improvement of free legal aid mechanism were held in Vranje - campaign "You have the right!"

November 7, 2023

The Law on Free Legal Aid was adopted in 2019 with the aim of enabling every person, especially the most vulnerable citizens, access to justice and legal protection. Although the free legal aid system was established at the end of 2019, there is still poor information among citizens about the existence of the right to free legal aid and numerous weaknesses in the implementation of the law.

Two trainings for the authorized employees of the local self-government units were held in Vranje with the aim to improve the system of free legal aid in order to make it easier for citizens to exercise their right and are especially important for raising the capacity of recently established departments authorized for deciding on the application for granting free legal aid.

To improve awareness of the mechanism of free legal aid, the campaign "You have the right!" was presented to the local self-government units from Southeastern Serbia. As part of the project activities of the „Facility Supporting Rule of Law in Serbia“, jointly financed by EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by GIZ, the campaign was jointly initiated and created in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government of the Republic of Serbia.