On 1 December, Georgia and the EU marked the 150,000th free consultation of the Legal Aid Service (LAS) in the country. The consultation, which was marked at a ceremony in the Georgian city of Kutaisi, coincides with the tenth anniversary of the legal service and reflects its mission to ensure access to justice for all Georgians.
According to the EU, the LAS is financially and institutionally independent from the country’s government, reporting directly to its Parliament. It provides free-of-charge legal services to vulnerable people in Georgia. The success of the service has been attained in part through the EU’s assistance over the past 10 years.
“The EU has been supporting the Legal Aid Service from its very start, working closely with the Government and Parliament to assist both its improvement and expansion,” said EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman.
“Our goal has always been to ensure that all Georgians, regardless of their socio-economic status have access to high-quality legal consultation and representation.”
The event in Kutaisi also presented a national public awareness campaign that will use five personal stories to present the LAS services that are available to Georgians. Billboards and posters will be placed on the Tbilisi Metro and buses and regional “LAS Consultation Day” events will take place across Georgia in the week commencing 4 December. Two so-called “mobile consultations” will also take place with the Azeri and Armenian minority communities.
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