Paralegal programmes deliver basic justice care and need sustainable business models

Paralegal programmes deliver basic justice care and need sustainable business models 07 May 2012

Unfortunately, some laws make the delivery of basic justice care difficult. As one of the most promising approaches, paralegal programmes need to become sustainable.

Paralegals know how to solve the most frequent and urgent problems in their own communities. Backed up with global best practices and with help from specialist lawyers or judges, they can provide access to justice at low cost. Paralegals need funding but national laws can be an issue. In Sierra Leone, a country with a very successful paralegal programme, a proposed law threatens to send paralegals to jail if they charge a fee. In the US, laws prohibit paralegals who give legal advice. In many other countries, paralegals are not allowed to assist people in courts.

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