In Ukraine, in regional centers and large cities, it is easy to access professional legal and social assistance, while many communities do not have free access to such specialists – remote mountain villages, small settlements, vulnerable/closed communities, etc. However, there are public advisers who, although they do not solve complex legal issues, do not represent clients in courts, cannot replace a professional lawyer or social worker, but understand legal issues, and know where to redirect a person to solve the problem.
Within the framework of the “Public Advisors” program of the Ukrainian School of Practical Knowledge, the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation together with the Association of Public Advisors of Ukraine, the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision begin the formation of a distance course for public advisers.
The key goal of this course is to strengthen the opportunities for training more paralegals and public advisers, thereby strengthening the legal opportunities of small Ukrainian communities.
On February 23, during the constituent working meeting, the participants from the Representatives of the Association of Public Advisors of Ukraine, the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Provision, the Foundation and the Human Rights and Justice Program of the International Renaissance Foundation discussed important stages of the implementation of the planned initiative – meaningful changes to the program, preparation of an interactive component of the course, options for a technological solution for the training platform, the possibility of simultaneous training for a significant number of willingness.
The creation of a course on the interactive distance learning platform in the project “Improving access to justice in Ukraine through the development of the paralegal community” was supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. It is expected that the implementation of the plans will help strengthen the legal capacity of Ukrainian small and remote communities by introducing online training for those who want to become public advisers