Justice Centres Uganda was established within the Judiciary by Chief Justice Circular number one of 2010 as a project of JLOS to provide free legal services to poor, vulnerable and marginalized. JCU operates one-stop-Centres with a broad range of legal aid services to all categories of vulnerable people in the community, identified through a means and merit test. Some of these services include legal representation, mediation, referrals, awareness creation and outreach, as well as psychosocial support. JCU seeks to bridge the gap between the supply and demand sides of justice while at the same time empowering individuals and communities to claim their rights and demand for policy and social change.
JCU currently operates four Centres in Mengo, Hoima, Lira and Tororo and two Service Points in Jinja and Masaka.
Vulnerable communities accessing quality legal aid services and realizing their rights
To empower vulnerable communities through provision of quality human rights based legal aid services, community outreach and advocacy.
• Professional Excellence
• Ethics and Integrity
- To pilot Justice Centres as a successful Government model for comprehensive delivery of quality legal aid services in Uganda.
- To enable vulnerable individuals and communities to effectively resolve disputes using both litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
- To enhance awareness of human rights and empower communities to claim their rights from the appropriate duty bearers.
- To undertake human rights centred and evidence based advocacy for reform Laws, Policies and Practices.
• Legal advice
• Court representation
• Counselling and psycho social support generally
• Referral and follow up with other relevant institutions
• Legal and human rights awareness creation
• Advocacy both on and at the local level and the legal aid policy framework at the national level.
• Toll free phone line (080 010 0210)