Community-based paralegals prominent in Swaziland’s new legal aid policy drafts

In Swaziland, drafts of a new National Legal Aid Policy and Legal Aid Bill have been endorsed for submission to the Attorney General’s office and urgent consideration by Cabinet. Network member Anil Naidoo, CEO of the Indiba-Africa Group, who developed the drafts, praises the collaborative process that he says lead to “a very progressive and pragmatic legal aid framework, which builds upon and further expands the gains made by the validated Ugandan National Legal Aid Policy and the Sierra Leone Legal Aid Act of 2012.”  The drafts are based on a ‘mediation before litigation’ approach and recognize the crucial role community-based paralegals play in creating pathways to justice.

Read the full announcement from the Indiba-Africa Group in PDF: “Significant Developments in Access to Justice in Swaziland

October 29, 2013 | Namati