UN to assess Portuguese justice

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, is meeting with the Portuguese attorney general on Tuesday as part of a series of meetings with representatives of the government, legislative and judiciary.

Gabriela Knaul’s visit, which is to last until 3 February, also includes meetings with the justice ombudsman, magistrates and lawyers as part of preparing a report into the Portuguese judicial system to be presented to the Human Rights Council this June.

The work is to focus on the “conquests and challenges the country faces to ensure the independence of the justice system, the free practice of advocacy and access to justice for all”, Gabriela Knaul said in a communiqué and that she was in Portugal on the invitation of the government.

Gabriela Knaul said the report would focus on key questions such as “undue delays, equal access to justice and legal aid, especially for the more bvulnerable members of the population such as children, immigrants, gypsies and women who are the victims of domestic violence”.