A launch ceremony for this year's national "1+1" legal aid volunteering campaign was held in Beijing on July 13.
The campaign features the dispatch of one lawyer and one university student or primary-level legal service worker, as volunteers, to each of the selected lawyer-less county-level areas where they provide local people with legal aid services.
At the event, Gu Xiulian, vice-chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the 10th National People's Congress, delivered a speech, and Minister of Justice Tang Yijun handed the campaign flag to representatives of the volunteer team.
Gu said that over the past 12 years, the campaign has made positive contributions to counties lacking in public legal services by addressing local people's pressing legal problems.
She called for constructing a high-quality legal aid service team, adhering to a people-centered philosophy, meeting people's growing demand for high-quality legal services, and enhancing the role of legal aid in achieving rural vitalization.
Guo Wenqi, director of the Political Department of the Ministry of Justice and a member of the ministry's Leading Party Members' Group, called on volunteers to focus on rural vitalization, help improve the rural public legal service system, ensure that high-quality legal services can be accessed by people in need, further diversify and raise the professional level of legal services, and promote the rule of law in rural areas.
This year's volunteer team includes 131 lawyers plus 120 university students and primary-level legal service workers who will provide legal aid services in 131 county-level areas in 13 provincial-level regions.