Centre of Legal Aid Opens in Mestia

May 13, 2014

From Left to Right: Sozar Subari, Minister of Corrections of Georgia; Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia; Rusudan Tushuri, UNDP Georgia, Natia Natsvlishvili, UNDP Georgia

13 May. 2014. Over 14 thousand people in the mountainous region of Svaneti will receive free legal services after the opening of a new Legal Aid Centre in Mestia.

Established by the Legal Aid Service with assistance from the United Nations Development Programme, the centre provides legal counselling and support to the most vulnerable.

Niels Scott, Head of UNDP in Georgia; Sozar Subari, Minister of Corrections of Georgia; and Meliton Benidze, Head of the Legal Aid Service, are visiting Mestia to attend the opening of the Legal Aid Centre and meet with the local residents.    

The centre in Mestia is the seventeenth legal aid site in Georgia and the sixth site – together with the offices in Gori, Akhaltsikhe, Akhalkalaki, Tsalka and Marneuli, opened and equipped with assistance from UNDP.    

The Legal Aid Service is an important component of the justice reform making the system more accessible to all Georgians including the national minorities, poor and displaced by conflict.

UNDP has been supporting a rapid roll out of the Legal Aid Service since 2007. UNDP assistance included the expansion of the Legal Aid network across Georgia, training for public lawyers and staff, policy advice and assistance in reforming the Service to make it an independent entity accountable to the Parliament of Georgia.

Contact information

Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP Georgia, 599 196907 (mobile), sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org

Giorgi Selimashvili, Legal Aid Service, 599 427737 (mobile), gselimashvili@legalaid.ge