The state-guaranteed legal aid system in Moldova was completely rethought and practically built from scratch 13 years ago, in 2008. Simply put, the role of the state-guaranteed legal aid system is to make sure that every person, regardless of the legal knowledge they have, or the income they make, has free and equal access to justice. The process goes beyond just providing a lawyer to person in need of legal services who cannot afford them financially; it involves educating and empowering such persons on their rights and how to react when these may be violated. The entire process is coordinated and administered by the National Council for State Guaranteed Legal Aid and its territorial offices.
Our Cu DREPTuL podcast team conducted a series of interviews clarifying the role and challenges of all stakeholders in the state legal aid system:
As part of the National Campaign for Healthy Justice, the Access to Justice Project in Moldova supports Cu DREPTuL, a podcast on access to justice and human rights, which aims to be not only an informative but also an educational tool, useful to all interested in these topics in the Moldovan context. The podcast brings relevant speakers on a variety of issues including, legal support for the marginalized, children’s rights, domestic violence, human trafficking, state-supported legal aid, role of public defenders, etc.