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One of the functions of the newly-established Legal Aid Network is to maintain the information web portal, http://free.mylaw.ge, which will provide the user-friendly information to Georgian citizens.
The official launch of the Legal Aid Network took place on December 14, 2017, and was attended by representatives of the state-funded Legal Aid Service, legal aid providers, judiciary, Georgian Bar Association, civil society and international organisations.
The Legal Aid Network is established as a voluntary association of legal aid providers, aiming to promote the accessible legal aid system and sustainable and effective referral of citizens, as well as to support cooperation and coordination between the network members.
The network is chaired by the Legal Aid Service and is governed by the five-member board which currently includes the Legal Aid Service, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, “Legal Clinic – My Lawyer”, and Legal Clinics at Free University and New Vision University.
The Network can be joined by any legal aid provider that meets membership criteria.
The Legal Aid Network and web portal are established with support of the European Union (EU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in the framework of their project to ensure better accessibility, quality and scope of free legal aid and payable legal services as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including arbitration and mediation. This project is part of the comprehensive EU4Justice Programme, a cooperation framework between Georgia and the European Union in the justice sector with a current EU budget allocation of EUR 50 million, that also includes cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, prosecutorial, judiciary and penitentiary institutions.