This project aims to improve access to justice for disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the Russian Federation by improving implementation of the Federal Law on Free Legal Aid. The project aims to ensure that:

  • People on low income, certain senior citizens, people with disabilities or mental illness, persons without legal capacity and their guardians, orphaned children and their guardians, and children in institutional care all have better access to legal services and that their civil law rights are better protected;
  • Publicly-funded legal services and other forms of free legal advice and assistance are targeted effectively and, as a result, the take-up of legal services by disadvantaged and vulnerable people to protect their civil law rights is increased and generalised.

The project is supported by a voluntary contribution from Luxembourg.  Additional funding is required in order to complete the project. For information on how to make a contribution to this project please contact matthew.barr@coe.int (Head of Resource Mobilisation and Donor Relations).

Background

The Federal Law on Free Legal Aid (FZ-324) was adopted on 21 November 2011 and entered into force on 15 January 2012. The law was then amended on 21 July 2014, and this amendment entered into force on 1 January 2015.

The project aims to improve implementation of the federal law in the regions of the Russian Federation by working directly with suppliers of legal services and the target population. The Federal Law targets various groups of disadvantaged and vulnerable people (see Article 20). The scheme offers free legal aid and assistance in respect of a range of civil and administrative legal problems (see Article 20).

The duration of the project is 24 months.

In co-operation with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, implementation of the Federal Law on the provision of free legal aid will be assessed in 3 regions: Tambov, Ulyanovsk and Volgograd regions. Drawing upon national and international experience, the results of the regional assessments will be used to identify and illustrate the strengths and weakness of the delivery of free legal aid to the target groups in each region and formulate recommendations for a more efficient awareness and take-up of these legal services by the target population.

Materials on the free legal aid scheme in the Russian Federation:

Federal Law FZ – 324 on Free Legal Aid

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The Project was completed on 28.02.2017.

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