THE PROVISION OF LEGAL AID IN ALBANIA. THE ROLE OF THE STATE AND OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY

On 23 November 2015, Civil Rights Defenders, an important partner of the Euqopean Centre, organized the workshop “The provision of legal aid in Albania. The role of the state and the civil society”. The aim of this event was to present the main findings and challenges learnt from the programe evaluation for the period 2012‐2014. Though the law no.10039, on Legal Aid was passed in 2008 and although it also provides legal aid for civil and administrative cases to individuals who do not have the financial means to pay themselves, the role of the state is missing. A State Commission on Legal Aid (SCLA) is responsible for the provision of legal aid, however, a limited number of individuals have been able to receive this support by the state and little progress has been made in the law’s implementation.

Theodoros Alexandridis, International Human Rights Law Expert, pointed out how the state is absent in offering such services, and only the NGO-s of the field are offering free legal aid to the vulnerable individuals. The participating NGO-s emphasized the need to expand this service not only in Tirana, but also in other regions, where it is more necessary as well.

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