Project “ZAKHYSTNYK”

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Geographic coverage: Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa

Project duration: August 2018 – January 2019

Briefly about the project

The overall objective of the project “Zakhysnyk” is to increase the access to justice for vulnerable groups. Its specific objectives are to improve the quality of legal services provided by defense lawyers registered in the free legal aid system and to strengthen the capacity of the local free legal aid bureaus in three pilot regions in implementing their mandate effectively. The project will be implemented for the period of XX August 2018 till XX January 2019. It is financed in the framework of the Council of Europe Project “Continued Support to the Criminal Justice Reform in Ukraine” funded by the Danish Government.

Among three pilot regions covered by the project are Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa regions. Overall it will impact lives of 4,5 million people inhabiting these territories, specifically tackling members of vulnerable groups (persons with disabilities, children, IDPs, refugees, minorities, etc.). It is aimed at enhancing access to justice through improved quality of legal services and strengthened capacity of legal aid bureaus. Main project stakeholders are legal aid centres/bureaus, Regional Departments of MIA, Regional office of the General Prosecutors’ Office, common jurisdiction and specialised courts, NGOs active in legal aid field in Kherson, Mykolaiv and Odesa regions.

Among planned activities are elaboration of region specific reports on access to justice for vulnerable groups in pilot regions with focus on criminal cases, carrying out training activities for lawyers and organisation of seminars and an international conference aimed at increasing knowledge and skills of lawyers and enhancing co-operation of state authorities responsible for ensuring access to justice

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