PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Legal & Civic Education

The LRF believes that "Knowledge is power" human and legal rights violations thrive on ignorance. It is for this reason that LRF seeks to educate people on their rights, empower them to assert themselves and afford them the ability to take up cases when necessary.

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Offering Legal Services

Offering legal services & responding to human rights abuses. The LRF concentrates on family law issues and provides information and Knowledge to an average 100,000 people each year. Having raised awareness, the trained staff are then available to help individuals to their particular problems.

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Service Provider Training

In support of its work to address the people's needs, the LRF also strives to strengthen service delivery and build the capacity of local authorities to protect the rights of their constituents by training service providers in the justice system and public sector.

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Promoting Law & Policy Reform

Promoting law & policy reform and citizen participation in governance. The LRF researches and provides information on topical issues, most recently on why a strong constitution is important and the different elements that should be present in a democratic constitution.

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Legal Publications

The Publications Unit (LPU) has been described as the hub of the wheel of LRF, linking the various programmes. It produces pamphlets and information leaflets to underpin the education programme and publishing legal texts for the profession, which also contributes to income-generation.

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Latest News Articles

Legal Education Programme changes lives

An evaluation of the LRF’s Legal Education Programme has shown that the adage “Knowledge is power” speaks to reality.

LRF coordinates help desks

The LRF and other legal assistance providers, aware that self-actors in courts need legal advice and guidance, are operating help desks at the courts.

LRF makes legal aid a reality

Accessing justice is a nightmare in Zimbabwe as it is not only difficult to understand and follow the complex court processes, but also expensive, particularly if one engages a legal practitioner. For many, access to justice is a pie in the sky. The LRF’s legal services have, however, made access to justice a reality for the indigent, regardless of gender, cultural beliefs or political orientation. To say people flock to the LRF offices for free legal aid is an understatement; last year alone, 9,474 people came to the organisation to seek legal assistance. As is the norm, the LRF did not disappoint as it assisted by drafting legal documents, offering legal advice and through Alternative Dispute Resolution. The use of less expensive methods to resolve cases makes LRF legal services more efficient and relevant, subsequently enabling more people to be assisted with fewer resources and within a shorter time frame.