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Ukraine President Approves Concept Paper for Improving Legal Aid

Ukraine President Viktor Yuschenko approved the Concept Paper on Reforming the Legal Aid System in Ukraine, taking an important step in the nation's process of improving access to justice, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

June 13, 2006
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Open Society Justice Initiative Hosts Pretrial Detention Workshop

In an effort to advance a common and global ability to diagnose problems in pretrial detention and measure the impact of efforts to change pretrial detention practices, the Open Society Justice Initiative is hosting a two-day workshop.

September 05, 2005
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Training Seminar in Mexico on the Use of Pretrial Detention

To decrease Mexico’s use of pretrial detention of the accused, the Open Society Justice Initiative has launched two training seminars on pretrial detention, one each in the Mexican states of Aguascalientes and Zacatecas.

August 04, 2005
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Georgia's First Public Defender Office Opens in Tbilisi

Georgia’s first public defender office will provide legal aid for criminal defendants unable to afford a lawyer thanks to a pilot program established with technical assistance from the Open Society Justice Initiative and others.

June 21, 2005
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Momentum for Legal Aid Reform Builds Across Europe and Beyond

The Second European Access to Justice Forum, organized by the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Public Interest Law Initiative, met to discuss the need to reform legal aid systems.

February 28, 2005
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Lithuanian Parliament Revamps Legal Aid

A new law in Lithuania establishes countrywide system of legal assistance for the poor, according to the Open Society Justice Initiative.

January 20, 2005
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Nigerian Legal Aid & Pretrial Detention Project

To help protect the rights of pretrial detainees in Nigeria, the Nigerian Legal Aid Council, in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative, launched the Nigerian Legal Aid & Pretrial Detention Project.

December 16, 2004
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