LEGAL AID

Legal aid is the provision of assistance to people who are unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Legal aid is regarded as central in providing access to justice by ensuring equality before the law, the right to counsel, and the right to a fair trial. This article describes the development of legal aid and its principles, primarily as known in Europe, the Commonwealth of Nations, and in the United States.

 

Legal aid is essential to guaranteeing equal access to justice for all, as provided for by Article 6.3 of the European Convention on Human Rights regarding criminal law cases. Especially for citizens who do not have sufficient financial means, the provision of legal aid to clients by governments increases the likelihood, within court proceedings, of being assisted by legal professionals for free or at a lower cost, or of receiving financial aid.

What is Legal Aid?

This short video is one in a series designed to introduce viewers in Laos to Legal Aid. In this episode, we meet Legal Aid superheroes Champa and Xay who give an overview of Legal Aid.

Legal Aid is new to Laos, having been established by Decree in 2018. BABSEACLE is proud to play a role in raising community awareness of this valuable initiative that will enable more people to gain access to justice.

How to get Legal Aid?

This short video is one in a series designed to introduce viewers in Laos to Legal Aid. In this episode, a distressed woman and child learn how they can seek Legal Aid to help with their situation of domestic violence.

Legal Aid is new to Laos, having been established by Decree in 2018. BABSEACLE is proud to play a role in raising community awareness of this valuable initiative that will enable more people to gain access to justice.

Who Provides Legal Aid?

This short video is one in a series designed to introduce viewers in Laos to Legal Aid. In this episode, Legal Aid Superheroes Champa and Xay make another appearance to tell us about the various Legal Aid providers that have already been or are in the process of being established to make Legal Aid services available throughout Laos.

Legal Aid is new to Laos, having been established by Decree in 2018. BABSEACLE is proud to play a role in raising community awareness of this valuable initiative that will enable more people to gain access to justice.

Support, don’t punish persons with drug dependencies

In many countries, a hardline approach is taken towards drug offenses. Offenders are usually punished with imprisonment or involuntary detention, with little consideration that they may be suffering from drug dependencies and in need of help and rehabilitation. Furthermore, putting people into crowded detention centers creates a public health concern as there is a high risk of communicable diseases such as Covid-19, hepatitis, and TB.

This video was made to raise awareness of that risk and encourage societies and policymakers to think about supporting rather than punishing persons with drug dependencies.