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The establishment of the Free Legal Aid Service (FLA Service) is part of the pilot project Free Legal Aid in the municipality of Bujanovac implemented by Partners for Democratic Change Serbia (Partners Serbia), in cooperation with the municipality of Bujanovac and the Bar Association of Nis (BA Nis), with the support of the British Embassy in Belgrade, CSSP Project for Integrative Mediation from Berlin, and the Austrian Development Agency.

The aim of the project is the establishment of the Free Legal Aid Service aiming to improve access to justice of the citizens of Bujanovac, Presevo and the surrounding areas, as well as to build confidence and integration of different ethnic groups in the social life in the south of Serbia.

After more than 12 months of preparation, the Free Legal Aid Service (FLA) began operating on 5th December 2012. The service is located in the Municipality of Bujanovac, and free legal aid is provided by lawyers from the region of Bujanovac and Presevo who are registered with the directory of the Bar Association of Nis. After only four months of work, the services of the FLA Service were used by more than 140 citizens from the area of Bujanovac, Presevo, Vranje and the surrounding areas. In the next phase of the project, local partnership between the Municipality, the regional Bar Association, non-governmental organizations, local mediators and lawyers will be extended, which will further improve the quality of services provided to the citizens. We are particularly proud that through direct communication and involvement of all the national and ethnic groups, this project contributed to building social cohesion in this multi-ethnic community.

 

Final Publication Free Legal Aid in South Serbia