Guyana Launches Pilot Paralegal Program
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.
To renew public confidence, behavior in the Sierra Leonean judiciary must change
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.
Namati’s CEO on Legal Empowerment at Stanford University
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.
Sierra Leone: Serving Justice Outside the Courts
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.
How Malawi Put Access to Justice on the UN Agenda
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.
Comprehensive legal aid legislation on the cards in Tanzania
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.
Sierra Leone Parliament Passes Landmark Legal Aid Law
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.
Reducing the Cost of Justice for Citizens of Sierra Leone: Time to Enact the Legal Aid Bill
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.
Legal Empowerment in the Philippines
The Asia Foundation contemplates the challenge of linking legal empowerment theory to better law and justice policy in formal and informal justice systems.
Justice in Health Care Delivery: Sierra Leone
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.