Sierra Leone enacts progressive Legal Aid Law

May 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

Ten year ago Sierra Leone was immersed in a brutal civil war. Now, with the support and assistance of the Open Society Justice Initiative and Timap for Justice the country leads by example in the setting up of modern legal aid system. Sonkita Conteh and Lotta Teale from the Justice Initiative provide interesting account of the new law:

“The bill provides for a mixed model of criminal and civil legal aid, from provision of legal information and mediation services through to representation in court, and supplied through a public/private partnership of government, private sector and civil society. By explicitly providing that paralegals are to be deployed in each of Sierra Leone’s 149 chiefdoms, the law ensures that a flexible and cost effective method of delivering justice services to large parts of the population will be available, in a country that doesn’t have a sufficient supply of qualified lawyers, especially outside the capital, Freetown. In addition to paralegals it also endorses university law clinics, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations, alongside legal practitioners, as providers of legal aid services.”

Read here more about the new Legal Aid Law of Sierra Leone

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Sierra Leone.

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