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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 2 February, the Saeima approved amendments prepared by Justice Ministry for State Ensured Legal Aid Law. These amendments provide for the allocation of financial support in difficult administrative cases for people who cannot afford proceedings because of their financial state and citizens engaged in cases in foreign countries associated with termination of guardianship rights over children, as stated by Justice Ministry’s representative Lana Ivulane.

New regulations were developed in order to provide more effective protection of children of Latvian citizens to reduce the number of cases when parental rights are unjustifiably taken away.

Financial support will be secured for consultations, appealing decisions made by institutions or to finance court processes. Financial assistance will not be provided to the person directly. Rather support abroad will be paid by Legal Aid Administration. If a person is issued a receipt for an amount above the issued assistance level, the difference will have to be covered by the person.

Financial support costs will be covered from the budget of the Legal Assistance Administration, not the state budget.

Amendments will come into force on 1 April 2017.

The ministry explains that people will be able to request state secured legal aid in complicated court processes.

Up until now state-secured legal aid was available only for cases of a certain category (appeal procedures in asylum provision processes, decision on disputed deportation orders and appeal of orphan court decision on protection of rights and legal interests of children).

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