23,000 received legal aid in Abu Dhabi

More than 23,000 people received legal aid in Abu Dhabi this year, up 16 per cent on last year, officials said.

The service provided by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department is to help anyone unable to pay for legal representation.

Last year, more than 20,300 people were given assistance in the emirate, compared with 23,656 this year.

Legal aid offices are located in department branches in Abu Dhabi, Al Yahar, Al Ain and Al Dhafra.  Legal advice is available to all sides of a dispute, whether the person is an accuser or the accused.

Individuals financially incapable of hiring a lawyer are appointed one by the court.

The department’s legal aid section was set up in 2013. It deals with all cases regardless of gender, nationality, age or background.

The department also runs an office dealing with human rights disputes.  Common issues that officials help address include debt relief and requests to cancel deportation orders.

This year, the human rights section assisted in 199 cases in Abu Dhabi. Experts helped people negotiate with judges to ensure the best outcome for all parties.

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