Namati

Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

June 17, 2012

Guyana Launches Pilot Paralegal Program

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

The government of Guyana launched a paralegal program in Region Nine, as part of a broader effort to improve the administration of justice. Paralegals will mediate, educate citizens about their rights and obligations, and direct people to problem-solving resources and forums.

June 12, 2012

To renew public confidence, behavior in the Sierra Leonean judiciary must change

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Namati News

Namati Sierra Leone Director, Sonkita Conteh, provides a critical view of the current state of justice in Sierra Leone. With public approval of the judiciary at an all-time low, Conteh argues that fundamental changes in professional behavior and attitudes are necessary to renew citizens’ faith in justice institutions.

June 5, 2012

Namati’s CEO on Legal Empowerment at Stanford University

by By Michele Chandler in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

At Stanford University’s Global Crossroads conference on radical political transitions, Namati CEO Vivek Maru elaborated on the transformative role paralegals play in delivering justice to disadvantaged citizens around the world.

May 31, 2012

Sierra Leone: Serving Justice Outside the Courts

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

The future for effective justice delivery is bright after the passage of the Sierra Leone’s legal aid bill. Namati’s Sonkita Conteh explains that “the potential is huge,” although care must be taken to monitor and support the work of non-state justice providers like paralegals.

May 24, 2012

How Malawi Put Access to Justice on the UN Agenda

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network

Clifford Msiska, head of Malawi’s Paralegal Advisory Service Institute (PASI) and a member of Namati’s Network Guidance Committee, is interviewed about his efforts to promote community-based paralegals and other legal aid models at the international level, successes of past years, and challenges that lie ahead.

May 18, 2012

Comprehensive legal aid legislation on the cards in Tanzania

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

The government of Tanzania is planning to put in place a legal framework to serve as a criterion for eligibility to legal aid and supervision of legal aid services. The funding mechanism, “Legal Services Facility,” will be channeled to organizations providing legal aid in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

May 11, 2012

Sierra Leone Parliament Passes Landmark Legal Aid Law

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Sierra Leone passed a landmark legal aid law, which explicitly recognizes and provides a framework for scaling up justice services. Namati’s work in the country is building a nationwide frontline of community paralegals providing primary justice services. Namati Program Director, Sonkita Conteh, was instrumental in providing technical input and support for the bill throughout the legislative process.

May 4, 2012

Reducing the Cost of Justice for Citizens of Sierra Leone: Time to Enact the Legal Aid Bill

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates

Executive Director of the Centre for Accountability and Rule of Law (CARL), Ibrahim Tommy, argues that the time is now for Sierra Leone to enact the Legal Aid Bill. The Legal Aid Bill seeks to provide a platform to enhance access to justice for the vast majority of Sierra Leoneans whose legal needs are still unmet due to poverty.

April 14, 2012

Legal Empowerment in the Philippines

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Women

The Asia Foundation contemplates the challenge of linking legal empowerment theory to better law and justice policy in formal and informal justice systems.

April 11, 2012

Justice in Health Care Delivery: Sierra Leone

by Namati in Community Paralegals / Grassroots Legal Advocates, Health, Namati News

Justice Reform consultant, Margaux J. Hall, highlights the promising potential community paralegals hold for addressing the delivery of basic health care services in Sierra Leone.

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