Celebrating 30 Years of Service

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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

LRF and partners break language boundaries

The Legal Resources Foundation (LRF), sensitive to the need for reaching out to marginalised groups in order to empower them legally, has introduced the simplified version of the Declaration of Rights in Tonga and Shangaan as well as Shona and Ndebele.

Justice delayed becomes justice denied

The following case illustrates how delayed justice impacts negatively on both the alleged perpetrator and the victim. The juvenile accused was 15 when he was arrested and formally charged in December 2005 on allegations of raping a girl (4). Eight years then lapsed without any resolution of the case. Between January 2006 and June 2008 the docket was oscillating between the police and the public prosecutors until finally being set to be heard on 22 July 2008 at Masvingo Regional Court. However, the trial could not commence as no proper service of the trial date had been effected on the witnesses. Another trial date was set for 5th November 2008 but this time the State claimed it could not locate the accused person, despite him stating that he had always been available. Nothing then happened until he was finally brought to court on 10th March 2014 by the police. Yet again the trial could not commence and he was again released. A new trial date of 20th March 2014 was set and the LRF then made a constitutional application for a permanent stay of prosecution, premised on the provisions of section 69(1) of the Constitution which provides for the right to a fair and public trial within a reasonable time before an independent and impartial court.

Abolishment Of Corporal Punishment Website Article

Corporal punishment is a form of physical punishment that involves the infliction of pain as retribution for an offence or for the purpose of disciplining or reforming a wrongdoer. The punishment may be in the home, at school or in the judicial system. In Zimbabwe, the old Constitution allowed for the infliction of moderate corporal punishment on a person below 18 years of age in the home or in execution of a court judgment. It is important to note that only male offenders were subjected to corporal punishment when convicted of a criminal offence. It is also critical to point out that school authorities, acting within the scope of their authority, were allowed to inflict moderate corporal punishment as a way of disciplining a child.