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Haiti - Justice : New Legal Assistance Office (Carrefour/Gressier)
20/09/2015 09:40:18

Haiti - Justice : New Legal Assistance Office (Carrefour/Gressier)
Pierre-Richard Casimir, the Minister of Justice, together with Me Carlos Hercule, the Dean of the Bar Association of Port-au-Prince and Deputy Representative of the N Secretary General in Haiti, Mr. Carl Alexander, proceeded Thursday at the inauguration of the new premises of the Legal Assistance Office (BAL) of the zone Carrefour/Gressier, that worked earlier in the premises of the Bar of Port-au-Prince, in the city center.

In his speech, the Minister Casimir renewed its faith in the importance of legal assistance that contributes to improve access to justice for disadvantaged litigants and justiciable giving priority to people in custody. He welcomed the synergy that emerged between his Ministry, the Bar of Port-au-Prince and the MINUSTAH as part of this program whose Phase I works since 2012 [8 May 2014 Phase II https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-11129-haiti-justice-launch-of-the-phase-ii-of-free-legal-assistance.html ] "By opening the doors of justice to the needy, the State does not practice charity, but it accomplishes one of its first duties, that of the protection of fundamental rights of the human person."

Note that thanks to the work of supervisors and legal assistants, teh BAL of Carrefour/Gressier already allowed the release of 1,677 inmates (1,384 men, 228 women and 65 minors). Meanwhile 161 people people were convicted, hus leaving the scope of prolonged pretrial detention.

Four legal assistance offices operate in the metropolitan area: Port-au-Prince, Bel-Air, Pétion-Ville and Carrefour. Two cities of provinces, Les Cayes et Cap-Haitien, already each are equipped with a BAL.

The Minister Casimir that his Ministry is preparing to fund three new offices in Gonaïves, Mirebalais and to Miragoâne and renewed the government's commitment to institutionalize legal assistance and extend it to the whole country. He noted that this program so far funded by the Division of Community Violence Reduction (CVR) of the Minustah, will now have its place in the national budget as from 1 October.

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