free-legal-aidIn accordance with CDCJ terms of reference for 2016-2017, a comparative analysis of existing data on free civil legal aid schemes in the member states (with particular attention to the key obstacles to the effective working of these schemes and to a gap analysis) has been prepared by a consultant for CDCJ.

At its 91st plenary meeting of 16-18 November 2016, the CDCJ took note of this analysis and discussed its conclusions. It agreed to consider further the feasibility of future work in this field, once having its possible scope delimited.

Consequently, a CDCJ working group is instructed, in 2018, to assess the feasibility of developing, in the form of guidelines or a legal instrument, policy guidance based on good practice in member states aimed at imporving the efficiency and effectiveness of legal aid schemes (including advice, assistance and representation) in the member states, and, if appropriate, of defining their scope.  The results of the group's work will be submitted to CDCJ at its plenary meeting in 2018.