On Monday, November 15 2021., Ivana Lunka, support provider at the National Call Centre for Victims of Crime gave an online lecture as a part of a series of lectures organised by the team at the National Call Centre for Victims of Crime. The topic of the lecture was free legal aid and the lecure was held via Zoom and Facebook streaming platforms.
The lecturer spoke about the system of free legal aid in the Republic of Croatia, which is regulated by the Free Legal Aid Act and other legal acts. At the beginning of the lecture, the lecturer spoke about the Free Legal Aid Act and the basic concepts prescribed in it, which refer to providers and receivers of free legal aid.
The lecture touched upon free legal aid providers such as NGOs, legal advice clinics and administrative departments in Croatian counties, as well as the scope of services they provide to receivers of free legal aid – general legal information, legal advice and representation before administrative bodies and other services prescribed by law.
In addition to the providers of primary free legal aid, the lecturer also referred to the providers and the manner of exercising the right to free secondary legal aid provided by lawyers.
In particular, she referred to the conditions under which natural persons can receive free primary and secondary legal aid, the beneficiaries’ estimated financial situation and the procedure for submitting applications and exercising the right to free legal aid.
The lecturer referred to the obligations of providers of free legal aid and the ways of financing the provision of legal aid.
At the end of the lecture, the lecturer asked the participants about their experiences in providing free legal aid and whether they think that free legal aid is easily available in the Republic of Croatia.