Sierra Leone Parliament Passes Landmark Legal Aid Law

Sierra Leone’s parliament has just enacted one of the most progressive legal aid laws in Africa—with an innovative approach to providing access to justice for all that will reinforce the rule of law in a society still scarred by the brutal civil war that ended in 2002. Namati Sierra Leone director Sonkita Conteh and Open Society Justice Initiative’s Lotta Teale explain the importance of the bill, which calls for a scale up of paralegal services.