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Legal Aid

* Vídeo. Entrevista con Concha Gómez Bermúdez, abogada del turno de oficio y letrada del Observatorio de Justicia del ICAM sobre la reforma de la justicia gratuita y cómo afecta a los ciudadanos: se recortan derechos, se introducen obstáculos y se culpabiliza a la ciudadanía de abusar del sistema.



RIS Legal Brief. "The reform of the legal aid Act: we do not move forward" (sp)

Post in Contrapoder : Access to justice is becoming increasingly difficult (sp)

* Submissions to UN : "Comunicación a Relatora ONU sobre independencia de jueces y abogados en relación con el Proyecto de ley de Asistencia Jurídica Gratuita" (sp)

* Submissions to UN: "Joint Submission to the Universal Periodic Review of Spain"

Post en Lawyerpress:  "El Proyecto de Ley de Asistencia Jurídica Gratuita supondrá un retroceso y un obstáculo al acceso a justicia" (sp)

The legal aid (i.e., the availability of a public defence counsel due to lack of financial resources) amendment bill will result in fewer people benefitting from this right.
Citizens across the board have seen the income limit below which legal aid can be solicited rise by roughly 20%.  Citizens most affected by this measure are those without family because they have to earn over €3,000 per year more than couples, even if they have no children, in order to qualify. To illustrate this, let’s consider someone who wants to appeal a fine for having participated in a demonstration, or perhaps is filing a claim for the payment of an unpaid bill, but earns more than €1,065 per month and has no family: he or she has no right to public defence counsel, so this person will have to a pay for a lawyer, a court representative, and of course, court fees, out of pocket. And even if he or she should earn less, they won’t qualify if he or she happens to have "sufficient assets" (though the bill does not specify how much “sufficient assets” are, beyond excluding the permanent residence).