China Community Paralegals: Recognition and Financing Research Brief

By: Namati

This research brief is part of a series that reviews the nature of the work undertaken by community paralegals, and the extent to which that work is recognized or funded by government. In China, “personnel” of legal aid institutions or “persons of other social organizations in accordance with the demand” may conduct legal aid. However, regulations do not provide further guidance on the role, minimum qualifications, or practices of non-lawyer legal aid providers.

The first briefs published for this series focus on the types of community paralegals who have been formally recognized either in law or policy. We acknowledge that this is just a small part of a much larger picture. Beyond the government-recognized paralegals discussed in these briefs, a broader, dynamic ecosystem of community paralegals operates effectively without state recognition in many countries. We aim to one day expand our research to offer a more comprehensive analysis of this larger universe. For now, however, our research briefs are limited to offering summary information and illustrative examples of the community paralegals who have been formally recognized by law or policy.

Each of these briefs is a living document– if you have an update, addition, or a correction, please contact us at community@namati.org.

This research brief is part of a broader resource guide on community paralegal recognition and financing that includes additional community paralegal research briefs, a list of supplemental laws and resources for each country, and other supporting materials on the subject.

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Uploaded on: Mar 01, 2019
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2019
Year Published: 2019
Author: Peng Ding
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