Free Legal Representation in Criminal/Family Cases

Free legal representation in women, children and men’s criminal cases:

Since 1/1/2006 until 13/11/2013, DQG organization has taken  (17280) criminal case during the eight years activity in 17 provinces of Afghanistan. From mentioned number of cases, (11629) cases are released in different steps of the court, (4221) cases are convicted and (1430) cases are in progress. DQG has also taken  2990 family cases, from which 223 cases are in progress and more than 2767 cases are solved.

The current number of defense lawyers of DQG who are working in different provinces, are taking on criminal cases such as (robbery, murder, smuggling, highway robbery, dissimulation, kidnapping, crimes against internal security, assault and battery, bribery, embezzlement, adultery, drinking alcohol, etc) after signing the contract with the accusers and suspected (women, children and men) and providing legal aid in these cases in all three levels of the court until finalization of the case.

Defense lawyers are going to female and male detention centers, plice custodies and Juvenile centers and also cases are referred by different government and none government organizations such as Independent Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Court, Prosecutors, Shelters and etc or their relatives’ own contact via calling DQG’s related phone numbers which are published in the legal awareness materials distributed by DQG.

After information received about the case the lawyer will be signing contact with client and  until the finalization of the case the defense lawyers are defending their client and working on the case in different steps such as active presence during police investigation, presence during investigation, presence during inspection, presence during experts’ examinations, presence during house search, reading the document, presence in court’s sessions, appealing to appeal court and presence in appeal court’s sessions, appeal to the supreme court and etc.

Representing free defensives in female family cases:

As women are the most injured and deprived citizens of the country, with attention to the fact that due to the reasons of illiteracy or lack of literates, women have no information about their rights, with attention to the fact that women have no financial ability to pay a defense lawyer whom they choose to follow their case, DQG is providing free defensives in female family cases to the needy group of women of afghan’s society.

After reading the legal awareness materials of DQG and finding the contact numbers written in these materials, women who need free legal representation are being informed of that services and they refer and discuss their problems with the defense lawyers of DQG and some family cases are being referred via letters from Ministry of Women Affairs or its related legal departments, legal department within the Ministry of justice and courts. Besides cases are referred by nongovernmental organizations which work for women in Kabul and other provinces. Also, the defense lawyers are going to legal departments and courts to take these cases.

There are different kinds of family cases such as (dissolution of engagement, separation because of Harm, separation because of fault, separation because of absence, separation because of not paying the alimony, deposal, child’s custody, marriage portion (Maher), ask for alimony etc).

At first the defense lawyers try to solve the case through mediation and conversations with the assistance of legal departments and courts. But if case is not solved through mediation then the defense lawyer will follow the case through the court and that is the best solution for solving the case.

Family cases are usually starts with a Sharia Contract with client, then documents and evidences for clients’ benefits are collected and finally preparing the claim letter and submitting it to related court and participating in court sessions until the case is finalized. But the defense lawyers are contacting their clients regularly and if there is any problem, they are trying to solve it.