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About us

Do you live without a home?
Were your rights violated?
Do you have a legal question?
Were you prosecuted because you live on the streets or are you currently under such procedure?

If your answers are yes, then the Utcajogász – Streetlawyer Association Legal Aid is at your service!

every Friday
from 3pm to 5pm

at Blaha Lujza Square

Volunteering, pro bono lawyers and the members of The City is for All (AVM) are waiting for the ones in need for a legal opinion.

If you have a question regarding an ongoing or exact case, please bring all the relevant official documents with yourself, as this is the way we can help you the most efficiently.

CONTACT US in urgent cases
Telephone: +3620-282-3616 (urgent eviction cases – can be called from 4 pm to 6 pm)
Email: utcajogasz@gmail.com

Were you prosecuted because you live on the streets or are you currently under such procedure?
Call us on our Petty Offence Defense hotline +3670 224 4147

Representatives of the press, please contact us at +36 30 601 0355 or via our email address.

In what kind of cases does the Streetlawyer provide help at Blaha Lujza Square?

The Streetlawyer Association has been operating its free legal aid program at Blaha Lujza Sq for more than eight years, during which time we have provided legal opinions and aid to more than 100 people per year.

Due to the increasing number of clients, in order to keep providing an efficient service, we thought it is important to define, whom and with what kind of cases we can deal with.

Who can seek the help of the Streetlawyer?

People who are living in housing poverty (e.g. problems with paying the rent, bad housing conditions, fears of eviction) and homeless people.

We cannot help you in the following cases:

  1. Those, where only lawyers can act, for instance editing a document which requires the signature of a lawyer (real estate purchase contract), representation in marriage trials, etc.;
  2. Business-related matter;
  3.  With regard to matters of getting under guardianship or its termination;
  4. Ethically questionable cases.

It is important that you can contact the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU) with your guardianship affairs!

The ones living in housing poverty and homeless people are still welcome at the free legal aid program every Friday from 3pm to 5pm at Blaha Lujza Sq (in good weather by the fountain, in bad weather in the underpass)!

We are waiting for your emails at utcajogasz@gmail.com!

Why is Streetlawyer Association’s work important?
  • Only volunteers work in the Streetlawyer, lawyers, attorneys, housing rights activists and their allies.
  • Since 2010, with only few exceptions, every Friday we have our lawyers at Blaha Lujza Sq, Budapest to provide free legal aid. They have been providing legal assistance in hundreds of cases.
  • We are working not only in individual cases, but also for systemic changes to make the Hungarian housing situation more just and that everyone could have access to adequate housing. We fight so that legislation, official measures and institutions would not criminalize and discriminate.
  • We bring the rights closer to the people, explaining the rules, complicated formal procedures, issuing understandable and easy to use legal guides.
  • We are also working to involve the widest range of legal community in the struggle for social rights and housing: we have a course for ELTE Law students and we provide legal assistance to the City is for All Pécs section.

The Streetlawyer Association is working to enforce the rights and interests of homeless people and people living in housing poverty in partnership with the City is for All group. We are fighting for a just and inclusive society in which human rights, in particular social rights, are ensured and everyone is socially involved, and access to decent housing is guaranteed to everyone in law and in practice too.

Streetlawyers are volunteer lawyers who host legal aid service on Blaha Lujza Sq, Budapest every Friday from 15:00 to 17:00 where they give legal advice to them free of charge. In most cases, streetlawyers do not only provide help on the spot, but engage in litigation in various cases, in official proceedings, in cases of petty offenses and various social benefit cases, and in a large number of eviction proceedings.
It is important in solving cases that we are working together with the clients, to develop the legal awareness of the people concerned. For law enforcement cases, streetlawyers act in court. It is advised bringing as many documents or copies of them as possible for the legal aid service.

Streetlawyers are also providing legal aid to The City is for All group, alongside the Blaha Lujza Square legal aid service. Volunteer lawyers help the work of the working group meetings of The City is for All group, carry out legal research work, comment on legislation, propose legislation for the rights of poor people, and develop jurisprudence. In addition, Streetlawyers are responsible for representing The City is for All’s activists before the authorities and courts.

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