legal aid


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legal aid

a means-tested benefit in the form of financial assistance for persons to meet the cost of advice and representation in legal proceedings
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Legal aid is one of the mechanisms used to help the indigent persons to have access to justice, and to enhance their awareness of their legal rights.
The Sunday Mirror has told how many women are being questioned by brutal ex-partners who cannot get legal aid.
Paul Givan, chairman of the Stormont Justice Committee, said the bill shows more needs to be done to bring down the legal aid bill.
Buwaneka Aluwihare noted that the National Plan of Action for the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC has taken due note of the services that can be extended by legal aid centres in the post-conflict situation.
He has also tabled amendments to the Bill to ensure the right to a free solicitor for anyone held in police custody, and preserve legal aid for appeals to the Supreme Court.
As reported in yesterday's Coventry Telegraph, city Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson is to lobby new Tory justice secretary Ken Clarke over proposed budget cuts in Legal Aid.
Even in strong economic times, civil legal aid programs routinely turn away almost half of eligible low-income and elderly individuals seeking assistance with civil legal problems threatening their safety, housing, health care and employment.
"Legal Aid started going directly to communities here and began asking them how can we make it known to your children and your community members what Legal Aid deals with," said Alanis King, artistic director, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company.
His firm made pounds 409,300 in legal aid fees last year.
The Legal Aid Society provides a wide variety of legal services for people who cannot afford a lawyer; their clients pay nothing for the services they receive.
The women's shelter where she sought refuge put her in touch with Legal Aid which immediately helped her obtain an Emergency Protection Order and assisted her to obtain the divorce she felt she needed.
The ministers also discussed sentencing, wrongful convictions, legal aid, Aboriginal justice, the criminal use of guns, proceeds of crime, organized crime and drugs.

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