Russian Justice Ministry starts working out bill to improve pro bono policy
MOSCOW, September 17 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Justice Ministry has started working out a draft law to improve free legal assistance in the country, a statement released on the website of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers reads.
Amendments would be proposed to the law “On free legal assistance in the Russian Federation” regulating pro bono for indigent clients.
The bill would increase the efficiency of implementing state guaranties of people’s right to receive free legal assistance provided under the Constitution, according to the Justice Ministry.
According to the statement, cases of pro bono legal aid in administrative legal proceedings would be fixed in the draft law. Moreover, the bill would require establishment of special non-government centers for rendering free legal assistance.
The document would involve a wide range of concerned parties including citizens, government bodies, regional law chambers, public law offices, legal clinics, regional notary offices and others.
The Federal Chamber of Lawyers has taken a favorable view of the initiative.