LEGAL AID IN SOCIAL PROTECTION ISSUES
LEGAL AID IN SOCIAL PROTECTION ISSUES
One of the important aspects of the Legal Aid Service is to support beneficiaries with regard to issue related to social assistance.
The Legal Aid Service offers free legal consultations in order to ensure protection of rights of beneficiaries. They are entitled to use person-to-person and telephone/online consultation services. Legal Aid Service provides free legal aid on cases of social assistance if:
The Government of Georgia provides different types of social assistance for the purpose of effective and targeted aid to persons who are in need of special care and are lawful permanent residents of Georgia, deprived families and homeless persons. The types of social assistance include:
Living allowance: Families have the right to apply for a living allowance. A family with socioeconomic index below the one determined by the legislation is entitled to receive a living allowance and it serves the purpose of improvement of social-economic condition of deprived families. The amount of living allowance is determined in accordance with the socioeconomic index. A family that disagrees with the granted index is authorized to apply to the territorial unit of the Social Service Agency according to the location of residence and request evaluation after one year from the last evaluation.
Reintegration allowance: A family may apply for a reintegration allowance. A reintegration allowance is monetary social assistance granted to those biological families and custodians (guardians) of persons in need of special care, who take them into the family from specialized institutions and provide appropriate care to them.
Allowance for foster care: An allowance for foster care is monetary social assistance granted to a foster mother or a foster father to raise and take care of a foster child.
Allowance for family care of a person of full legal age: The allowance for family care of persons of full legal age is monetary social assistance granted to those persons who take a person of full legal age into their families from a specialised institution and provide appropriate care to them.
Non-monetary social assistance: Persons in need of special care may be a beneficiary of non-monetary social assistance. For prevention and reintegration purposes a child and/or his/her family may also be provided with a non-monetary social assistance, when there is a family condition that serves as a justifiable precondition to recognize the child as a child without parental care; or such assistance may be provided to children without parental care in order to ensure their living in a family environment.
Social package: A social package is a monthly monetary allowance and/or a set of allowances (monetary and non-monetary allowances). The basis for granting a social package is the status of a person with disabilities and death of the breadwinner.
In case of satisfaction of above mentioned criteria on cases of social assistance the free legal aid is provided in cases of violation of rules and conditions of granting, termination, renewal and suspension of social assistance, and disputes caused due to violation of other procedures related to it.
Scope of Service
In the course of conducting defense on civil and/or administrative cases, the lawyer of Legal Aid Service, as the rule conducts following actions:
The Legal Aid Service offers free legal assistance if:
A person is considered to be insolvent and entitled to use legal services on state’s expense if he/she is a member of a family registered in the unified database of socially vulnerable families, whose socioeconomic index is equal or below 70 000.
In addition, person is considered to be insolvent and has right to use the legal services on the state’s expense in case he/she is a member of a family registered in the unified database of socially vulnerable families, whose socioeconomic index is equal or below 100 000 and belongs to one of the categories listed below:
The legal services can be provided in special circumstances to those people who are not registered in the unified database of socially vulnerable families but due to difficult social-economical condition cannot afford to cover the expenses of legal assistance. This is regulated by the Decision #27 of the Legal Aid Service Board adopted on September 9, 2015. This condition applies to the persons who belong to the following categories: