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South Africa

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Projects: 

Public Legal Education Review (1991)

Community Legal Aid Review (1992)

Using Technology to improve Legal Aid  (2000) 

Joining hangs to Stop Domestic Violence (1999-2002)

Status: 
Completed
Funders: 
South Africa Education Trust fund, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

JES work in South Africa has involved the development of a number of reports and one major project. In 1991 JES developed a report on the state of public legal education provided to black South Africans. This was followed in 1992 by a report on legal aid services provided by civil society organizations. In 2004, the Society conducted a mission financed by the Bilateral Africa Branch of CIDA. The mission built on existing Canadian efforts to assist South Africa in its transition to a fully open and democratic country. The JES team of Canadian legal experts met with members of the South African legal and justice community and developed a report recommending the best use of Canadian funding to assist civil society organizations already working to support the transformation of South Africa, post apartheid.

Case Management and Technology: The Society worked with the Legal Aid Board of South Africa in 2000 on the development of a business plan for case management and technology. Part of this process involved linking with a Legal Aid Organization in Canada and the sharing of programming approaches and issues. 

Joining Hands to Stop Domestic Violence: The Integrated Domestic Violence Training Program from 1999 to 2002 was a partnership with the Sexual Offences and Community Affairs (SOCA) Unit in the office of The National Director of Public Prosecutions of South Africa. It became known as “Joining Hands to Stop Domestic Violence”.

The project developed a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of domestic violence cases using internationally recognized best practices to train all intersectional stakeholders in dealing with domestic violence cases to ensure gender sensitivity and responsiveness, consistency, coordination, efficiency and effectiveness in the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act of South Africa of 1998.  The program was implemented in all regions of South Africa by the Society’s South African partners.

Impact: The Joining Hands to Stop Domestic Violence was the first major interdisciplinary project developed in South Africa after apartheid to deal with domestic violence. The program included many unique innovations and focused on a range of responses – from resolving conflict early, to safety planning and criminal prosecution. The program was implemented in all parts of the country and later evolved to include traditional justice options in dealing with domestic violence.

Video: http://www.justiceeducation.ca/international/videos/it%E2%80%99s-time-african-women-join-hands-against-violence