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Featured Commitment: Expanding Community-Based Justice Services

Compromiso destacado: ampliar los servicios de justicia comunitarios

Engagement en vedette: accroître les services de justice communautaires

Community paralegals conduct outreach in the Mamusa community.

What's in the 2019 Action Plans

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What’s in the 2019 Action Plans Explore commitments OGP members made in their 2019 action plans, including commitments to watch in each of the eight focus policy areas in OGP’s three year strategy.

The Sierra Leonean justice system’s lack of resources, capacity, and staffing significantly inhibits citizens’ access to justice. Moreover, citizens far more frequently resolve conflicts through community-level mediation than through courts. To better accommodate citizens’ needs and preferences, the government has committed to develop a national access to justice policy and a directorate for community-based justice services. The government will train 300 community-based justice providers and map available mechanisms for redressing administrative and personal grievances. Additionally, the government will establish a Justice Innovation Centre to facilitate interaction between community justice and formal justice systems. Finally, the government committed to establish a legal assistance fund to assist community negotiations with large-scale land investors. These measures will strengthen the community justice mechanisms predominantly used by Sierra Leone’s most vulnerable citizens.

 

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Featured Image: Community paralegals conduct outreach in the Mamusa community. Sierra Leone hopes to ensure access to justice by expanding community-based justice services. Photo by Aubrey Wade/Namati

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