1. What is ALAC?
An Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) provides free-of-charge and nationwide legal services for the poor, vulnerable groups, victims of corruption and other relevant stakeholders in various fields of law in accordance with Vietnam’s legal framework.
The centre’s functions encompass conducting research and advocacy, proposing amendments and supplements to laws as the law permits to contribute to the enforcement of anti-corruption laws, and supporting victims of corruption.
The ALAC was established under the Decision No. 01/QD-BTTP of the Chairwoman of Vietnam Judicial Support Association for the Poor (VIJSUAP) dated 22 January 2015 and was granted an operating license No. 21/TP/DKHD-TT dated 4 February 2015 by Hanoi Department of Justice.
2. Objectives of ALAC
- Contribute to improving citizens’ understanding of their rights and obligations to help them build sufficient capacity to make complaints and pursue corruption-related cases at competent agencies;
- Propose and notify authorized agencies of findings, causes and risks of corruption and make recommendations on necessary changes in policy and law and in enforcement of law and policy based on analysis of recorded cases and data.
3. Contact ALAC to get support
- Email our lawyers
- (Mr.) Nguyen Dang Thai at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call for direct advice: 04. 32. 668. 223
- Visit our office: No 20, Lane 80, Le Trong Tan str., Thanh Xuan, Ha Noi
Our lawyer advised people in an outreach activity in Chuong My commune, Ha Tay district, Hanoi
4. ALAC’s major activities
4.1 Provide citizens with free-of-charge information about:
- Procedures and regulations on complaints and legal regulations related to issues where complaints arise;
- Regulations, mechanisms and policies related to corruption and anti-corruption.
4.2 Provide free-of-charge legal advice and support for citizens, especially for victims or witnesses in corruption-related cases.
4.3 Provide free of-charge assistance for citizens during the process of corruption-related complaints:
- Support in drafting and pursuing complaints in compliance with the process and procedures related to corruption or corruption-risk cases and other corruption-related content;
- Provide guidance for preparing documents, evidence and relevant legal information for citizens to request competent state agencies, organisations and individuals to handle cases to protect their legal rights and benefits;
- Refer citizens to competent agencies or other agencies and organisations that are able to support them, depending on the nature of the cases;
- Prepare a file dossier, track complaint handling and resolution processes, and record the cases on file.
4.4 Develop and implement advocacy activities towards practical and effective changes in policy and law; and promote the enforcement of policy and law to contribute to progress in anti-corruption.
4.5 Provide free legal advice for other cases according to the law.
5. What ALAC does not do:
- Affirm the accuracy of the information about the corrupt acts reported by citizens. Only investigating agencies and prosecutors have functions and responsibilities to do this.
- Launch campaigns against agencies, organisations or individuals.
- Provide legal advice for cases having been brought to Courts.
- Represent its clients in Courts or other procedure-conducting agencies (i.e. Procuracies, investigating agencies).
- Prepare a file dossier in the name of clients.
- Issue a statement to represent clients.
- Conduct investigations and collect documents on corrupt acts.
6. Standards applied for relationship between ALAC and clients
- Keep clients’ information confidential, except for information used during the complaint process in accordance with current laws and clients’ agreement.
- Lawyers, counsellors and staff of ALAC are not permitted to represent ALAC through correspondence, letters and documents to individuals and organizations outside of the scope of work and tasks assigned.
- Support from the ALAC to clients is terminated in the following cases:
- Clients often miss appointments or repeatedly cancel meetings or do not make an appearance to provide and present necessary information to prove the case, or deliberately give false information;
- Clients have aggressive behaviour to the ALAC’s staff;
- Clients do not comply with conditions set forth in the agreement made between the ALAC and clients when the ALAC receives the case;
- Clients make a statement representing the ALAC or use the ALAC’s name without the consent of the ALAC.
- Clients disclose his/her case to the press or other media while being advised by the ALAC without prior notice.
7. How the ALAC conducts advocacy
Based on information and data collected during the process of giving advice and support for citizens, the ALAC works with relevant state agencies to provide authorised institutions with additional input for the process of making decisions and issuing regulations and policies. The ALAC aims to raise awareness and change behaviours of citizens and public officials in corruption-related problems and to advocate for practical and effective changes in anti-corruption law and policy.