Legal aid centre opens in Marneuli
TBILISI. 16 May 2013 – More than 130 thousand residents of the Marneuli municipality, almost 80 per cent of them national minority, will receive free legal assistance in the new Consultation Centre.
Sozar Subari, the Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, and Jamie McGoldrick, the Head of the United Nations Development Programme in Georgia attended the opening and met with the Consultation Centre staff and local residents.
The centre will provide legal counselling to the residents of Marneuli and the nearby villages, assist in drafting legal documents, and whenever needed will readdress cases to the Legal Aid Bureau in Rustavi. Counselling will provided in Georgian and Azerbaijani languages.
The centre in Marneuli is the sixteenth legal aid site in Georgia and the fifth site – together with the offices in Gori, Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki and Tsalka, opened and equipped with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme.
The Legal Aid Service is an important component of judicial reform in Georgia making the justice system more accessible to all Georgians including the poor, displaced by conflict or members of national minorities.