Justice Ministry to grant free legal aid to get restraining orders against sex offenders

Victims of sexual assault will be able to receive free legal aid if a bill approved by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation Sunday becomes law.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked’s initiative, which is likely to pass, as it is a government-sponsored bill, would provide a ministry lawyer to victims to help them obtain a restraining order against their attackers, which is a civil procedure. The legal aid would not depend on the victims’ income, as it usually does.

“Just as the government manages the criminal proceedings for the victim, it should also run the civil ones for them,” Shaked said.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Justice-Ministry-to-grant-free-legal-aid-to-get-restraining-orders-against-sex-offenders-406693

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