Justice on wheels programme in the Philippines
The Justice on Wheels is an access to justice programme which was commenced in 2004 by the country’s Supreme Court following the example of the Guatemalan Mobile Court System. JOW aims to bring justice closer to the poor by providing on-the-spot fast and free dispute resolution services – adjudication, mediation and conciliation.
A bus is travelling the country literally delivering accessible justice to the local communities. One part of the bus has been transformed into a court room and the other serves as a mediation chamber. The disputants are offered not only facilities but also can benefit from the professional services of judges, prosecutors, mediators, clerks and lawyers. Even process server and a court room guard travel with the bus.
Recently the JOW project conducted an orientation visit to Dipolog City. Municipal officials and court employees explained to the interested citizens different aspects related to the rights of women and children, juvenile justice, small claims procedures etc.
Read more about the orientation conducted by the Justice on Wheels project in the Philippines here