10 Things to know about the Police Brutality Legal Clinic

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  1. The Police Brutality Legal Clinic is run by ProBono.Org, an NGO which works with private legal practitioners to provide pro-bono legal services to those who can’t afford to pay for these resources themselves.
  2. Global law firm Hogan Lovells partnered with ProBono.Org to start the Police Brutality Legal Clinic in 2011.
  3. The clinic offers free consultation services with attorneys who evaluate the merits (evidence) of a case and provide preliminary advice on issues such as prescription, compliance and jurisdiction and then decide if a case is worth pursuing.
  4. The clinic operates on the first and third Tuesday of every month from the Probono.Org offices, by appointment only. Find address and contact details here.
  5. The clinic handles cases of police brutality, unlawful arrest and unlawful detention by the South Africa Police Services (SAPS) and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD).
  6. The clinic has seen more than 240 clients since 2011.
  7. In recent years, the clinic’s case load has increased significantly. According to Candice Pillay, head of Hogan Lovells pro bono department, this is because the public is becoming aware of their rights in relation to what police officers can and cannot do.
  8. The clinic also provides advocates to clients on a pro bono basis, once litigation commences.
  9. Civil cases against SAPS and JMPD are brought against the Minister of Police or the City of Johannesburg, not against individual officers.
  10. The clinic is currently litigating 20 cases – including pending High Court cases relating to unlawful detention.

For appointments please contact Pro-Bono.Org on 011 339-6080.

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