A half-day workshops for staff members of regional offices of the Ministry of Justice and representatives and civil society organisations (CSOs) and the Bar Association were held in Skopje on 28 and 29 January.
The workshops were designed as a forum for discussion of the stakeholders in the free legal aid system on three important elements thereof: quality of legal aid services, complaints system and case management system. The first workshop was specifically tailored to the needs and the role of the Ministry of Justice, while the second workshop was designed for the representatives of civil society organisations and members of the Bar Association, as providers of free legal aid.
A team of one international and one national trainer facilitated the workshops and presented their preliminary findings and recommendations based on assessment mission that took place in late 2018. Participants were able to improve their knowledge on the above mentioned topics and to present their own experiences in that context from their day-to-day work in providing preliminary and secondary legal aid.
The workshop was organised within the action “Support to legal aid reforms”, which is a part of the programme "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.