WJP to host roundtable on use of community paralegals in SA

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Roundtable on the costs and benefits of using

Community Paralegals in the Criminal Justice System

In South Africa the Criminal Justice System is under intense pressure. 

Information in the press and in research reports indicates that the mechanisms to cope with the demands of the system are not being adequately managed.

 Community Paralegals offer a potential solution to alleviating some of these pressures and to stream-lining administrative criminal justice processes: this could impact on service provision when someone is arrested; when they apply for bail; when they are in remand detention; and when they are sentenced and incarcerated.  From both a human rights and a technical legal perspective, paralegals may offer services that are quicker and more efficient than the responses from current state actors and legal aid.

At this roundtable we will begin the conversation of what a community paralegal is or should be; what role they could play in the criminal justice system in South Africa; what evidence there is from other countries of the value of paralegals; and the possible models that are used for the management and remuneration of community paralegals.

You are invited, along with senior representatives from the legal fraternity, the Department of Correctional Services, the SAPS, the prosecutorial corps, academics, members of development aid institutions, and civil society to:

Justice for Breakfast

A roundtable co-hosted by the Wits Justice Project and the

Crime, Policing and Criminal Justice Programme at Wits P&DM

Date:     Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Venue: Wits P&DM, Mwalimu House Research Hub, 2 St Davids Place, Parktown

For further information please contact Thandiwe Mlangeni on Thandiwe.Mlangeni@wits.ac.za or 011 717 3505.


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The Wits Justice Project combines journalism, advocacy, law and education to make the criminal justice system work better for all.

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