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Handbook on Improving Access to Legal Aid in Africa

By: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

This Handbook draws together innovations and lessons learned across African countries in the intricate area of legal aid service delivery in the criminal justice system. It highlights many instances of promising grassroots initiatives in a wide
variety of countries. It is hoped that these practices will encourage and stimulate further innovative efforts to provide more inclusive access to justice for all in the criminal justice system, particularly for the poor and marginalized. The breadth and depth of information in the Handbook allow for better adaptation to specific country contexts, as well as for better coordination between the various participants.

The Handbook is intended to assist policymakers, practitioners and all stakeholders (considered to include development partners, Governments, bar associations, NGOs and grassroots action groups) actively involved in criminal justice reform in three ways: by providing the general information needed for developing national legal aid service delivery strategies, by offering alternatives to conventional models of legal aid delivery and by outlining promising practices on the continent, some particularly suitable for post-conflict societies.

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Uploaded on: Aug 13, 2012
Last Updated: Dec 04, 2015
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