Under this objective JCU provides basic legal advice either physically or through its toll-free lines. JCU also supports clients through provision of mediation services carried out at its offices and in the communities (locus mediations). JCU provides legal representation in court to clients with disputes across the spectrum of rights and pursues outcomes for its clients. Furthermore, JCU helps the courts conduct court annexed mediations while at the same time supporting the State brief scheme.
As a consequence, JCU is contributing to JLOS’ strategy to reduce court case backlogs and contributes towards filling the gap of ensuring legal aid to all persons – indigent and vulnerable, who cannot afford a lawyer.
JCU undertakes evidence-based advocacy for the reform of laws, policies and practices to facilitate access to justice and to ensure provision of legal aid to all persons indigent and vulnerable. To reach this objective the following steps are being undertaken by JCU:
To strengthen JCU’s strategical position the institutional capacity of JCU is being improved through specific measures within the following areas:
By doing this, we position JCU as a valuable partner in the field of legal aid service provision. JCU is a dependable affiliate for development partners and eligible to be a state-funded national legal aid body established under the National Legal Aid Bill, when it is passed as law.