AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES – Practical access to legal aid in Malta PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER

Aditus Foundation has just presented an in-depth study on the practical access to legal aid in Malta.

This study carried out in partnership with the Critical Institute is the result of a project entitled ATLAS (Access to Legal Assistance project), funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPs) and which was spread over the last twelve months.

Addressing the project closing event, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli remarked how access to legal aid is part and parcel to fair trial, and consequently, the right to have access to justice.

Minister Dalli said that without legal aid, individuals who cannot afford the costs related to legal representation would never be able to present their case to the courts, and therefore their right to effective remedy is also denied.

Referring to the means testing for legal aid, the Minister explained how the low threshold requirement is effectively barring the majority of those needing it, from receiving legal aid, even in situations of abuse such as domestic violence.

Dr Dalli spoke in favour of investment by Government in the country’s Legal Aid Agency which would encourage more lawyers to be part of it, contributing to a growth in the legal assistance culture in Malta.

Various presentations were made by experts from Aditus Foundation, the European Court of Human Rights and from the Legal Aid Agency Malta.

Source: Government of Malta

AFFAIRS AND CIVIL LIBERTIES – Practical access to legal aid in Malta PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR SOCIAL DIALOGUE, CONSUMER

Aditus Foundation has just presented an in-depth study on the practical access to legal aid in Malta.

This study carried out in partnership with the Critical Institute is the result of a project entitled ATLAS (Access to Legal Assistance project), funded through the Voluntary Organisations Project Scheme (VOPs) and which was spread over the last twelve months.

Addressing the project closing event, Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties Helena Dalli remarked how access to legal aid is part and parcel to fair trial, and consequently, the right to have access to justice.

Minister Dalli said that without legal aid, individuals who cannot afford the costs related to legal representation would never be able to present their case to the courts, and therefore their right to effective remedy is also denied.

Referring to the means testing for legal aid, the Minister explained how the low threshold requirement is effectively barring the majority of those needing it, from receiving legal aid, even in situations of abuse such as domestic violence.

Dr Dalli spoke in favour of investment by Government in the country’s Legal Aid Agency which would encourage more lawyers to be part of it, contributing to a growth in the legal assistance culture in Malta.

Various presentations were made by experts from Aditus Foundation, the European Court of Human Rights and from the Legal Aid Agency Malta.

Source: Government of Malta