Namati

Nigeria Community Paralegals: Recognition & Financing

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 Nigeria, Paralegals are provided some formal recognition under Nigeria’s Legal Aid Act of 2011. Paralegals operate mostly in civil matters.

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 will soon be part of a resource guide on community paralegal recognition and financing that will include 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: Apr 26, 2019
Year Published: 2019
Author: Abiodun Baiyewu
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