Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, or LBH Jakarta –Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Jakarta, is an organization which stands under the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation, or YLBHI –Yayasan Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Indonesia which providing legal aid for the poor, law illiteracy and suppressed people.
LBH Jakarta was established on 1969, and officially work on 1970 with the support of PERADIN (Indonesia Bar Association) and Provincial Government of Jakarta At the beginning, the legal aid provided by LBH Jakarta is the traditional legal aid which provided for those who economically poor and cant approach the private professional legal assistant. This approach was applied at least from 1970-1980.
STRUCTURAL LEGAL AID
In early 1980s, LBH Jakarta starts to apply the structural legal aid in handling cases. This approach taken as the presence of mind on the economical, social and political structural lag is rising. Legal aid shall able to change the lag of order to become fairer. The approach of structural legal aid is not only through the legal assistance –in the sense of litigation and non-litigation works, but also through advocacy or strategic suit to change the order of law, whether it’s structurally, culturally or legal substance, become more justice. Structural legal aid is also require community empowerment.
- Establishment of the legally aware society system whose maintained over the social relationship which is fair and democratically civilized/inhuman,
- Establishment of a legal and administrative system which is able to provide procedures and other institutions through which each party can obtain and enjoy justice,
- Establishment of an economic, poilitic and culture systems that accessible for all parties to help determine every decisions related to their interest and ensure that the entire system respect and upholds the rights.
- Set in, emerge and disseminate the values of a democratic constitutional state, and social justice to all layers of Indonesian society, based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution,
- Set in and emerge an attitude of self-reliance of the poor class, so that they themselves can formulate, express, promote and protect, either individually or conflict of rights and their interests,
- Developing institutional support for efforts to improve the implementation effectiveness of the rights of the poor,
- Creating the initial conditions that support efforts to conduct law reform that is responsive to the needs of the poor.