The Centre for Community Justice and Development (CCJD) is a non-profit organisation which provides fundraising, training, research and other support services to fifteen community-based advice offices in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The offices provide access to justice to rural communities, offering legal advice, mediation, counselling and educational services, and negotiating with service providers on behalf of clients. The main issues addressed are domestic violence, entitlements such as pensions and grants, labour rights and child abuse.
Community Outreach Programme
Twenty paralegals provide free legal assistance to rural communities at fifteen advice offices in KwaZulu-Natal. As well as legal advice, staff offer mediation, educational and counselling services.
CCJD develops the capacity of its advice offices so that they can become independent institutions. To achieve this, CCJD provides training in financial management, human resources, fundraising, bookkeeping and governance.
CCJD produces research that identifies weaknesses in laws and their implementation, lobbying the government to pass and amend legislation in order to improve access to justice for the rural poor.