Legal aid centre opens in Marneuli

23 May 2013

image On-site legal consultation in Shida Kartli. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

 

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 which opens today, 16 May 2013.

Sozar Subari, Minister of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, and Jamie McGoldrick, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 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.

Contact Information

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

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