Justice Centres Uganda (JCU) was established in 2009 as a project of the Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) hosted and supervised by the Judiciary to provide legal aid. The Justice Centres are a one-stop shop with a broad range of legal aid services to all categories of vulnerable people within the community, identified through a means and merits test. Some of these services include; legal representation, alternative dispute resolution, referrals, human rights awareness creation and outreaches, as well as psychosocial support. The model used seeks to bridge the gap between the demand and supply sides of justice while at the same time empowering individuals and communities to claim their rights and demand for policy change.
JCU has offices in different parts of Uganda covering various districts. These are served through 4 fully fledged Centres (Lira, Tororo, Hoima, and Mmengo) and 3 Service Points (Masaka, Jinja, Fort Portal) which are extensions of JCU to courts where the need for legal aid is greater than usual.
The Justice Centres project is jointly funded by the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), JLOS and the Judiciary.
JCU would like to improve its effectiveness and efficiency to achieve its objectives and assure its relevance in the changing dynamics. The overall objective of the exercise is to carry out an organizational-wide capacity assessment (OCA) which would include identifying the strengths and gaps in management systems, structures, processes and people. JCU also seeks to utilize the key findings of the OCA to inform and guide the development of a five year strategic plan to focus efforts and resources to achieve its mandate