This program is a form of doing justice to the poor
Jakarta (ANTARA) – The government has again extended the free legal aid program for disadvantaged or poor people, said Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly.
“This legal aid demonstrates the role of the state in protecting and ensuring citizens’ human right to access to justice and equality before the law,” Laoly said on Monday.
Legal aid is provided by 619 legal aid organizations that have passed the verification and accreditation process, he said.
The legal aid program exists because of the inability of many people within the country to access legal services due to financial hardship, he said.
“This program is a form of bringing justice to the poor,” added Laoly.
The 619 legal aid organizations are required to provide contentious and non-contentious legal aid to people, he said.
Contentious cases are resolved in court, while non-contentious cases are resolved outside of court, for example through negotiation or mediation, he explained.
The main purpose of the legal aid program is to help people in need, not to make a profit, the minister said.
“Please put aside the pursuit of profit when implementing the legal aid program,” he stressed.
Laoly urged all legal aid organizations to maintain their integrity and provide the best services to the poor.
He said he believed the chosen organizations are credible legal aid providers and would not be breaking the law as they have passed the verification and accreditation process.
However, if a legal aid organization is found to have broken the law in the provision of legal aid services, the ministry will impose a severe penalty, he warned.
That sanction could take the form of a budget cut or revocation of accreditation, he said.
People who wish to receive legal aid must meet several criteria, such as submitting a request, written or verbal, with their identity and a brief description of the problem, he added.
Documents related to the case and the wrong clarification letter from the local authorities where the people reside should also be submitted, he said.
Detailed information on the mechanisms and conditions, as well as the list of legal aid bodies, can be consulted at bphn.go.idhe added.
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