In most African countries, there is no necessary qualification a paralegal needs to have, but generally knowledge of law and legal based initiatives are required. Visit our website to find out more about how to become a paralegal:
[ZAMBIA] Over 30 civil society organisations (CSOs) provide legal aid to indigent persons and vulnerable groups in Zambia. Services are mainly provided by paralegals and range from legal education in communities and correctional facilities, to legal information, advice and mediation in individual cases. Find out more about paralegals in Zambia here:
In 2016 a Feasibility Study was conducted to determine whether an African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice would be able to further the needs of the African continent in improving access to justice and promoting legal empowerment in the continent. Read the full study here: http://ow.ly/Dhz530eE38g
Participants from the Kigali Continental Conference on Access to Justice visited the Rwanda Genocide Memorial yesterday afternoon and laid wreaths at the Genocide Memorial. The event was organised by the Rwanda Legal Aid Forum and the Government of Rwanda.
[KENYA] Kituo is a legal advice centre in Kenya running a comprehensive paralegal programme. All of the programmes are aimed at empowerment of the poor and marginalised to enable them to access justice through formal and informal platforms. Find out more about the work they are doing here:
Thank-you to everyone who attended and participated in the Continental Conference on Access to Justice in Kigali. The conference was a huge success! Find out more about the work we are doing here: http://ow.ly/R4FE30eE24Z
[News] Judicial experts meeting in Rwanda's capital city Kigali on Tuesday called for blending formal and traditional justice systems to ease access to justice in Africa:
[News] There’s need to create a pool of professional lawyers who offer free legal service to the poor so as to create a path toward a community of equitable justice. This was observed Tuesday at the closure of a two-day workshop, dubbed ‘Legal Training on Strengthening Access to Justice and Rule of Law’. The training, in Kigali, was organised by the Rwanda Bridges to Justice (RBJ) in partnership with International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) and Rwanda Bar Association:
[News] Africa is capable of making its own continental tribunal to replace the much-maligned International Criminal Court (ICC) if respective nations gather the willpower to completely adhere to it without fear or favour, three African chief justices have said. The chief justices from Rwanda, South Africa, and Sierra Leone echoed these sentiments, yesterday, during an interview with local media in Kigali. The justices are in Kigali for a three-day continental conference on collaboration for access to justice:
[RWANDA] The Justice Sector in Rwanda shows progress in its quest to promote good governance and the rule of law, a large part of which requires ensuring access to justice. Laws and policies have been enacted and adopted to facilitate the provision of the legal aid services to indigent and vulnerable people, and legal aid services have been decentralized. Read more here:
We are pleased announce the new official logo of the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice! The logo was unveiled yesterday at the Continental Conference in Kigali. Find out more about the African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice here: http://www.accesstojustice.africa/
Opening remarks from Chief Justice of #Rwanda Sam Rugege, speaking at the first day of the Kigali Continental Conference for Access to Justice.
The Chief Justice of #Rwanda Sam Rugege speaks at a Continental Conference in Kigali, "Collaboration between the Judiciary and Community Justice Institutions fo...r Access to Justice", co-organized by IDLO. "We found that #accesstojustice is key to #peace, #security and economic #development".
There are twelve African countries participating in the Continental Conference on Access to Justice this week. Find out more about the role of paralegals in some of these countries here: http://www.accesstojustice.africa/countries/
The Continental Conference on Access to Justice begins today in Kigali, Rwanda. The Conference aims to influence attitudes and behaviours across the justice community in order to foster greater synergy, mutual support, and collaboration. Find out more about the conference here: http://www.accesstojustice.africa/conference/
The establishment of an African Centre of Excellence for Access to Justice aims to grow a community of best-practice and draw attention to the work of the paralegal sector and community justice institutions in Africa: http://www.accesstojustice.africa/