12 October 2017

JSMP Launches Report on Legal Aid in Timor-Leste

JSMP Launches Report on Legal Aid in Timor-Leste On 21 February 2017, through a USAID project named ‘Mai Munisípiu’, which was formerly known as the ‘Ba Distrito’ project, JSMP launched a thematic report based on research it has conducted on legal aid in Timor-Leste, which covers both legal aid provided by the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and legal aid offered by private lawyers.

The report entitled “Legal Aid in Timor-Leste” has considered and examined the resources and capacity of the Office of the Public Defender and the private lawyers who are providing legal aid services to the community and has identified the challenges that they face.

The report and research carried out under the ‘Mai Munisípiu’ project was made possible through the generous support of the American people, though the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and was implemented by international counterparts.

This research has identified serious problems relating to the accessibility and quality of legal aid and the effect on the rights of citizen to access these services. This report also highlights other problems relating to the selection process, training at the Judicial Training Centre (JTC), and the scope of training and language at the aforementioned training centre. Therefore, this report highlights the need to have ongoing and sustainable training for lawyers in the future.Posted February 21, 2017

Full press release here: http://jsmp.tl/en/jsmp-launches-report-on-legal-aid-in-timor-leste/
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