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To Whom Do The People Take Their Issues? The Contribution of Community-Based Paralegals to Access to Justice in South Africa

By: Jackie Dugard, Katherine Drage

This report provides a broad analysis of the current state of the paralegal sector in South Africa. It begins with a historical overview of paralegal services in South Africa from the apartheid period to the present. The study then maps the current state of the paralegal sector, and provides detailed information on the structure and function of key organizations that provide paralegal services. Through an analysis of twelve case studies of paralegal-assisted cases, the report identifies facilitating and hindering determinants of Community Advice Offices (CAO) functions at both the institutional and organization level.