Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice
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Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice

Community Paralegals and the Pursuit of Justice

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List of Figures page viii
List of Contributors ix
Acknowledgments xiv

1 Paralegals in Comparative Perspective: What Have We Learned
across These Six Countries?
Vivek Maru and Varun Gauri 1

2 “To whom do the people take their issues?”: The Contribution of
Community-Based Paralegals to Access to Justice in South Africa
Jackie Dugard and Katherine Drage 43

3 Community-Based Paralegalism in the Philippines: From Social
Movements to Democratization
Jennifer Franco, Hector Soliman, and Maria Roda Cisnero 96

4 Paralegalism in Indonesia: Balancing Relationships in the Shadow
of the Law
Ward Berenschot and Taufik Rinaldi 139

5 Kenya’s Community-Based Paralegals: A Tradition of Grassroots
Legal Activism
H. Abigail Moy 165

6 Squeezing Justice Out of a Broken System: Community Paralegals in
Sierra Leone
Vivek Maru, Lyttelton Braima, and Gibrill Jalloh 210

7 The Contributions of Community-Based Paralegals in Delivering
Access to Justice in Postwar Liberia
Peter Chapman and Chelsea Payne 241

Index 264
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1.1 Steps in solving justice problems page 11
1.2 How sustainable is your funding situation for the coming year? 24
3.1 Incidence of paralegals by type of organization 109
3.2 Annex A: Anatomy of a typical paralegal training 135
3.3 Annex B: List of organizations participating in the study 136
4.1 Case handling by paralegals 151
4.2 Type of case 152
4.3 Cases reported by paralegals by date 155
6.1 Satisfaction with Timap, reporting versus non-reporting parties 214
6.2 Scaling up grassroots justice: Chiefdoms served by paralegals as of 2011 215
6.3 Common case types (2013) 216
6.4 Primary action taken by paralegals to resolve cases (2013) 217
6.5 Distribution of cases tracked 218
6.6 Who brought complaints? 219
6.7 Why did they choose the institution or organization they approached? 219
6.8 What kinds of cases? 220
6.9 What methods were used in addressing the case? 221
6.10 How did parties perceive the outcomes? (all interviewees) 221
6.11 Were participants aware of relevant law? 221
7.1 Successfully resolved cases: 2007–September 2012 252
7.2 Percentage of case type categories: 2007–September 2012 253
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