Hi @AtifChoudhury, following from a message from you regarding a resource titled Establishing National Legal Aid System through Indonesia Legal Aid Act written by Erna Ratnaningsih, I wanted to begin a discussion with some Network members who could help answer your question directly. Specifically, I would direct you to ask @uli at the Indonesian Legal Resource Center and @donnyard at YLBHI to clarify or follow up in the discussion as I believe you had more than one question. We hope to include the author of the resource in the discussion as well.
The initial question from @AtifChoudhury:
I found her report a very instructive resource for a primer I am currently drafting as a general resource for what thematic topics and areas a legal aid report should include. I had a question on page 8, Section D “Legal Aid Budget” with regards to the allocation of the legal aid budget for civil servants facing litigation.
Section D “Legal Aid Budget” on page 8 states:
The allocation of legal aid budget are distributed in the Government Institutions such as Ministry of Finance, Bank of Indonesia, and General Election Commission and so on however these funds do not allocated for poor people and marginalized. It is for the staff of those institutions which faces legal problems.
@AtifChoudhury specifically asks:
So the allocated legal aid budget is essentially being used as a liability fund for civil servants of government institutions? Is this a fair characterization? If so, this seems a misguided and flaw utilization of legal aid.
If you have follow up questions, I would encourage you to also ask them here. Thanks!