Citizens For Justice (CFJ), a local non-governmental organisation, has launched the Legal Aid Act project which is aimed at improving access to justice in the country.
CFJ executive director Reinford Mwangonde said in a statement issued on Sunday that the launch of the one-year project represents a significant progress the organisation has made in its drive to play a role in improving access to justice.
“As you are aware, in a bid to improve access to quality justice, particularly for the poor and marginalised, the Government of Malawi enacted the Legal Aid Act in 2010 and CFJ is playing its part as a stakeholder in the implementation of the Act,” said Mwangonde.
He said the programme will improve access to quality justice for all Malawians through the litigation of about 120 overdue cases.
“Implementing the Legal Aid Act will help reduce congestion, especially when dealing with remand cases, as well as identify and prioritise cases involving the vulnerable and marginalised such as women, children and the elderly. In essence, the project will set in motion a way of accessing quality justice through the Act,” said Mwangonde.
CFJ is implementing the programme with support from World Justice Project.