Funds available for new ways of providing legal aid

In order to provide faster and better help to Dutch citizens faced with a problem, Minister of Legal Protection Dekker has allocated 10 million euros for developing new ways of working in the legal aid sector. He writes this in the progress report on legal aid sent to the Dutch House of Representatives. The invitation to submit proposals to the Dutch Legal Aid Board and to experiment on this basis is being sent to legal service providers, including legal-aid lawyers and mediators.

In order to provide faster and better help to Dutch citizens faced with a problem, Minister of Legal Protection Dekker has allocated 10 million euros for developing new ways of working in the legal aid sector. He writes this in the progress report on legal aid sent to the Dutch House of Representatives. The invitation to submit proposals to the Dutch Legal Aid Board and to experiment on this basis is being sent to legal service providers, including legal-aid lawyers and mediators.
 
Minister Dekker comments: ‘In order to better solve people’s problems and do so more quickly, we want to try out new ways of working in collaboration with experts in the field. Then we can gradually progress to an improved form of legal aid. This will benefit Dutch citizens who experience setbacks in their lives. At the same time it will help to strengthen the rule of law because we make the law more accessible to all.’
 
The amount forms part of the changes to the current legal aid system. Legal aid is being reorganised to bring it closer to users and to make it more cohesive with other forms of problem-solving.
 
The aim is to create legal aid packages for use with legal problems that occur frequently. Providers of legal aid packages may be cooperatives of individual legal-aid lawyers, but also other legal advisors, insurers, mediators or new players on the market. Minister Dekker invites everyone to develop projects and activities that will support the creation of these legal aid packages.
 
More information on the scheme will be available from the start of 2020 on the website of the Dutch Legal Aid Board www.rvr.org .