The African Center of Excellence for Access to Justice (ACE-AJ) and the Pathfinders organised a virtual side event on Access to Justice: “PEOPLE-CENTERED JUSTICE IS KEY TO REALIZING THE AFRICA WE WANT”.
This virtual NGO Forum side event, which took place on 12th November, brought together paralegals, and organizations that support paralegals, from across Africa, policymakers, and state officials to continue a continent-wide conversation on how they can work together to support and bolster the important work of community-based paralegals.
Our very own Justice Leaders member, Willy Mutunga, made the opening remarks of the event, emphasising the importance of financing and recognition of community-based paralegals.
“Community-based paralegals are an important pillar in building the bridge of integration. They speak the languages of the community, they are well committed to cultures and the sense of restorative justice, and can act as record keepers of alternative justice systems to ensure judgment passed under these systems are filed informal courts so that they become judgments that can be enforced in the future.” – Willy Mutunga