This sub-project aimed to enhance access to justice for rural, vulnerable, and marginalized communities of Kakumiro, Kyegegwa, Kikuube and Kagadi districts in mid-western Uganda by strengthening informal justice mechanisms and increasing community participation in the delivery of justice services. World Voice Uganda (WVU) – among other – supported the establishment and staffing of 12 Bataka Courts (BC); conducted training and coaching of the Panels of Elders in each BC on justice principles of fairness and mediation, including gender considerations in the administration of justice; facilitated the convening of BC court sessions, including special sessions for reviewing gender-related cases; and delivered training sessions and mentorship for informal justice actors on documentation, reporting, and referral mechanisms to formal justice. The implementing partner also strengthened the linkages between formal and informal justice actors by supporting monitoring and backstopping for informal justice actors, and facilitating the Technical Working Group on the finalization and validation of informal justice standard guidelines. Finally, WVU organized a series of outreach events, community-level dialogues, and radio talk shows on access to justice to promote community awareness about the operations of formal and informal justice actors and legal aid service provision at the community level.
World Voices Uganda
Promoting Community Access to Justice Project (PCAJP)
June, 2021 to December, 2022