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Access to Justice

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ISBN13: 9789041118806
ISBN: 9041118802
Published: July 2004
Publisher: CQ Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



This volume is a combination of interdisciplinary contributions from academia and legal practitioners about assessing justice in developing countries and one ex-colonizing country. The examples from Britain, Burundi, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa and Sudan point out the need to recognize that each culture has its own sense of rule of law and access to justice. In contrast to the many works which concentrate on structures and norms, this edited volume highlights the importance of the perceptions of the litigants and the court personnel for improving access to justice. Non-lawyer support personnel as shown in the examples in the book are key figures in the processes of access to justice. Hence, the book makes an important contribution to identifying basic elements that are overlooked in judicial reform schemes. The training of non-lawyer support personnel should be given priority over or at least the same priority as the training of lawyers.

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Contents:
Introduction and Contributors; C. Jones-Pauly. Performing Litigation at the Queen Mother's Court; B.J. Stoeltje. Leading Litigants to Speak the Unspeakable; S.G. Obeng. Semi-autonomous Interactions in Legal Institutions: A case study from Burundi; M. Weilenmann. Native Courts at Work: A Case Study from Dar Bidayriyya in Sudan; A.I.A. Shouk. The Role that Lay Muslim Judges Play in State Court and Religious Tribunals in South Africa: A historical, contemporary and gender perspective; N. Moosa. Conflict Resolution in Islamic Societies; N.M.I. Goolam. Deciding for Children. The Family Advocate and the Caring Professions in South Africa; S. Burman, L. Derman. Children's Court Assistant: An Evaluation of the South African Experience; F.N. Zaal. The Role of the British Court Clerk; B. Annan. The Administrative Judicial Personnel and Court Process in Tanzania Mainland; A.N. Lyamuya. Court Administration and Doing Justice in Tanzania; A.N. Mwakajinga. Index.