Kemenkumham Provides Free Legal Aid for the Poor


JAKARTA — Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna H Laoly said, when dealing with the law, not all people have the ability to finance legal aid. Therefore, the government through the Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) will again run a free legal aid program for the poor in 2022. “This program is a form of implementing justice for the poor.

This legal aid shows the role of the state in protecting and guaranteeing citizens’ human rights to access to justice and equality before the law,” Yasonna said in a written statement, Monday (7/2). According to Yasonna, this assistance is channeled through 619 Legal Aid Organizations (OBH) that have passed verification and accreditation as legal aid providers. He said, these 619 OBH are obliged to provide litigation and non-litigation legal assistance to the public.

Yasonna continued, litigation cases are resolved through the courts, while non-litigation cases are settled out of court, for example through negotiation or mediation. The main objective of the legal aid program is to provide assistance to people in need, not to seek profit. “Please set aside seeking profit in legal aid programs,” said Yasonna. Yasonna asked all OBH to maintain integrity and provide the best service to the poor until the cases handled have permanent legal force.

Yasonna believes that the OBH who have been selected through this verification and accreditation will have guaranteed credibility. “I believe that 619 Legal Aid Organizations that have passed verification and accreditation are credible legal aid providers and are impossible to do things that violate the law,” said Yasonna. However, if in the implementation of legal aid services in the future it is found violations of legal aid service standards by OBH, then the Ministry of Law and Human Rights will take firm action. Actions can range from budget reductions to revocation of accreditation. Meanwhile, people who want to get legal assistance must meet the requirements.

First, submit an application orally or in writing containing the identity of the applicant and a brief description of the problem. Second, submit documents related to the case. “Attach a poverty certificate from the lurah, village head, or an official at the same level as the legal aid applicant’s residence. More detailed mechanisms and requirements and a list of OBH legal aid providers can be found on the website,” said the PDI-P politician. the.