Freetown, Sierra Leone

Timap for Justice, a pioneering Sierra Leonean NGO that provides basic justice services, launched its manual for community-based paralegals. The manual offers guidance on basic law, including crime, contracts, and tort; paralegal skills, including mediation, advocacy, and community education; and government policy and procedure, in areas like agriculture, mining, and healthcare.

Here, Timap co-founders Vivek Maru and Simeon Koroma discuss how the manual came about and why it is important for Sierra Leone now.

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News coverage of the paralegal manual launch: AllAfrica, Sierra Express Media

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