About 100 lawyers and jurists will provide free legal advice to those lodging complaints or denunciations with the Central Citizen Reception Committee’s Office in Hanoi.

The announcement was made at a workshop between the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF), the Government Inspectorate of Vietnam (GIV), the Vietnam Bar Federation (VBF) and the Vietnamese Lawyers Association (VLA) on July 1 in Hanoi.

In his opening remarks, Vice President of the VFF Central Committee Nguyen Van Pha said the VFF has been working with the Ministry of Justice, GIV, VBF and VLA to offer supervision in multiple fields and improve the settlement of citizen complaints and denunciations at the local level.

Lack of legal knowledge is among the key contributing factors to the lengthy and complicated state of complaints and denunciations in the country, Pha noted.

Therefore, the programme is intended to give citizens free legal advice at the Central Citizen Reception Committee’s Office, he explained, adding that Hanoi will be the first municipality to conduct the programme before it is undertaken across the country. Citizens can also seek advice from the VLA.

Nguyen Hong Diep, Head of the Central Division for Reception of Citizens under the Government Inspectorate, urged the active engagement of attending lawyers and requested the presence of these lawyers at the regular receptions of citizens of the Inspector-General and the Minister-Chairman of the Office of the Government.-VNA