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Accountability Lab Case Study

By: Paul McCann

The Accountability Lab, in partnership with community-based organizations in two of the poorest, most densely populated and excluded townships in Monrovia, has developed community justice teams (CJTs). These CJTs provide non-binding dispute resolution for civil cases. This builds trust, underpins justice and saves both aggrieved parties and their accused time and money.

This case study, which relates to child labor, is just one example of the several hundred cases that the CJTs have resolved in one year. While it is by no means the most serious – the teams have dealt with everything from mob violence to land disputes – it is important because it reflects a conception of justice that also includes dignity and participation. These are hugely important because they lead to a more sustainable, more community-driven process of trust, healing and progress.

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Uploaded on: Sep 22, 2015
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015
Year Published: 2015
Author: Paul McCann
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