Project information

Access to Justice for all

Where justice is bought, not accessed, CLEAR offers a lifeline to many in need of legal advice, providing free legal education workshops and representation. This enables prisoners to understand court process and self-represent, children are engaged about their rights and widows have land returned.

Ongoing

Charity information: CLEAR International

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  • Need

    Need

    In East Africa, fair application of the law comes at a price. The poor and marginalised end up as victims within the system with no resources or understanding of how to tackle the injustice. Remand times in some Kenyan prisons are between 3 and 5 years and many don't even know the charge they face; widows are evicted from land rightfully theirs by relatives; many children receive no financial support from estranged parents. Each of these lack access to justice.

    Solution

    CLEAR partners with local Christian lawyers who use their skills and experience to equip those suffering injustice with tools to speak up for themselves, and for the most vulnerable to advocate on their behalf. As a result of regular legal education workshops, in some prison areas, remand times (pre-trial) have dropped to as low as 18 months. By providing legal expertise and knowledge, CLEAR can and does make a difference in the lives of individuals and their families.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Equip 1000 prisoners to represent themselves in court

    Activities

    » Run fortnightly legal education workshops within 3 prisons in and around Nairobi, including information about court process and role play.
    » Discuss cases with individual prisoners during interview, advising them of their rights and highlighting key aspects of their position.

    Success will be having seen at least 1000 prisoners during regular education and interview sessions and receiving feedback of progress in cases


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will reduce the average length of time spent on remand, awaiting trial in the prisons in which CLEAR works.

    Risk

    One risk is access to the prisons. However CLEAR Kenya's project director has built a strong relationship with the head of prisons, who have appreciated the value of the service offered.

    Reporting

    Funders will receive regular updates about the on-going and upcoming activities, including one or two success stories.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,500 Materials Preparing materials and training tools
      £5,000 Staff Staff costs for delivery of session
      £1,000 Office Admin costs including photocopying, printing, office costs
      £1,500 Transport To and from prison and courts
  • Background

    Location

    CLEAR partners work in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

    Beneficiaries

    J was arrested and held in prison. His case was heard without his knowledge and the judge cleared him of all charges. Despite being proven innocent, he remained in prison for another 2 years - simply because the court order had not been given to the prison. There are many like J, held in prison awaiting a court hearing, unaware of the charges against them. Those unable to afford legal representation will benefit.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are often the only NGO in the area offering this service, and CLEAR is known for providing quality and delivering on their commitments. Through partnering with local lawyers we combine the local expertise and skills and work with their desire to see their communities changed for the better.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Mhairi Hamilton

    International Projects Coordinator

Jacki's story

£25

average price of an individual case