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2020 / 03 / 04

Legal aid for children in criminal proceedings: developing and sharing best practices (LA CHILD)

On 1 February 2020, the Law Institute of Lithuania (LIL) started implementing the EU co-funded project Legal aid for children in criminal proceedings: developing and sharing best practices (LA CHILD). The Project is implemented in consortium with partners from Belgium (Defence for Children (DCI-Belgium)) and Albania (Center of Integrated Legal Services and Practices (CILSP)).

The Project’s overall objective is to contribute to enhancing protection of procedural rights of children in conflict with the law and to foster coherent implementation of Directive 2016/800 in the EU Member States as regards legal aid to children. For this purpose, it will develop common standards, showcase best practices and innovative approaches that can be replicated across the EU as well as organize capacity building activities.

The Project activities will start with analysis of regulation and practices in European states when providing legal aid for children in conflict with the law. The prepared report will identify the main challenges encountered as well as best approaches to achieving effective and efficient legal aid for children. Later on, the Project team will draft the Guidelines on providing legal for children in conflict with the law and its ‘child friendly’ version. In addition, in the end of 2020, international conference is planned in Vilnius, where experts from different states will share their knowledge and insights. Furthermore, in 2021 tailored practical trainings to lawyers, judges, legal aid board members and social workers will take place in Lithuania, Belgium and Albania. The final event of the Project will be a roundtable discussion in Brussels where key Project outcomes and best practices will be presented and discussed.

The Project is co-funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union, and its activities will be carried out from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2021.