This Manual is not a theoretical study by a team of scholars but a reflection of Ukrainian practical experience amassed in the course of operation of Public Defender Offices, during more than five years. Three legal aid projects, carried out in this country for the first time ever, helped to raise the credibility of free legal aid with the population and, although only in specific territories, ensured timely legal assistance to individuals under criminal proceedings.
This manual was written and published with the support of
- “Rule of Law” Program of the International Renaissance Foundation and
- “Human Rights and Good Governance” Program”, Open Society Foundations (Budapest, Hungary)
- in the framework of "Ensuring access to justice through free legal aid delivery and introduction of high quality standards of human rights protection in Ukraine" Project supported by the European Commission in Ukraine and implemented by Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation.
The manual was authored by Vadym Kulebiakin, Olena Kutepova, Oksana Siryk, Tetiana Sivak, Nataliya Stiopina and Oleksiy Varva, PDO lawyers, and Roman Martynovsky, Oleksandr Pavlichenko and Gennadiy Tokarev, experts who assisted in the launch of PDOs in Ukraine. The publication reflects the experience gained by public defenders throughout the several years of PDO operation in Khmelnytsky, Kharkiv and Bila Tserkva.
Manual was translated into English by Serhiy Syzenko.