csflogo

            Project on Improving Access to

     Justice for the Vulnerable Groups

        in Tigray

                     Funded By European Union Civil Society Fund II 
 

                   Project Coordinator:        

                   Mebrahtom Fitiwi (Assistant professor at Law School)

 9/3/2016

Title of the action:
Improving Access to Justice for Vulnerable groups in Tigray
Location(s) of the action: Tigray region, Mekelle, Adigrat, Axum and Machew
Total duration of the action (months): 30 months
Target group(s) Vulnerable groups seeking free legal aid services (about 15,000), regional CSOs (50), Local and regional authorities,
Co-Applicants Finote Tigray Lawyers Association (FLA) & Mekele Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association (MCCSA)
Objectives of the action

Overall objective: provision of free legal aid to improve access to justice for vulnerable groups.

Specific objectives:

  1. To increase access to free legal aid for weak and vulnerable segments of society in Tigray
  2. To facilitate and provide alternative dispute resolution services for improved access to justice in Tigray
  3. To increase the capacity of Finot Tigray Lawyers’ Association (FLA), Mekele Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Associations (MCCSA) and Mekele University Legal Aid Centre (MULAC) in undertaking activities towards improving access to justice in Tigray
Estimated results

-     effective provision of the obligatory   pro-bono (free legal aid) services in Tigray by more than 800 law practitioners,

-     Key regional justice sector stakeholders, including CSOs mobilised towards improved access to justice by the poor and vulnerable groups in Tigray

-     Free Legal Aid including hotline service for the 16,900 poor and marginalized section of the society

-     A functioning system/structure for Alternative Dispute Resolution is put in place for the business community of Tigray

-     Capacities of Finote Tigray Law Professionals Association, Mekelle University Legal Aid Centre and Mekelle Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association improved (in terms of facilities, human resources and operational linkages),

Main activities
  1. Baseline survey & workshop on access to justice and provision of free legal aid in Tigray
  2. Publication of working guidelines, compilation of cases, and preparation of IEC materials
  3. Workshop on access to justice and the private sector in Tigray
  4. Panel discussions on emerging issues related to access to justice for weak and vulnerable groups in Tigray
  5. Panel discussion on lessons and prospects of initiating Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
  6. Providing training for Paralegals (100)
  7. Backstopping and support for 50 trained paralegals
  8. Providing free legal aid for more than 15,000
  9. Facilitating and commencing hotline legal aid service for about 1900 (50%F) beneficiaries
  10. Developing ADR Manual, establish centre and provide services to a minimum of 500 service seekers
  11. mobilising volunteers and provision of free legal aid (to up to 15000 (minimum 50% Women)target groups)