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Assistance provided by the state to persons who do not have sufficient financial means to defend themselves in court (or to bring judicial proceedings).
See also: equal access to justice of women and men; victim; survivor
Additional notes and information
(1) Council of Europe – European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). Access to Justice in Europe. Report prepared by the research team on enforcement of court decisions; (2) European Commission (2013). Guidance document related to the transposition and implementation of Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA; (3) CEDAW Committee’s jurisprudence and sources gathered for the committee’s drafting of the General Recommendation on women’s access to justice.