Combining Economic Justice with Human Rights
CCJD aims to bring economic opportunities to the areas around the advice offices and to integrate economic justice with legal empowerment. There are currently obstacles to the provision of jobs owing to corruption: jobs are given to friends and members of the same family, and depend on favours.
Staff at the advice offices will be trained in municipal laws so that they can educate communities to demand that councillors use local workers to do public work and allocate jobs fairly, including single women and low income households rather than several members of the same family. This will mean strengthening the participation and empowerment of citizens, and focusing on the accountability of the duty bearers to fulfil their obligations.
Expanding the Research Program
CCJD is presently placing a renewed emphasis on research, focusing on the work and experience of the community-based advice offices in restorative justice and conflict resolution and the furtherance of access to justice as a human right, including multi- and interdisciplinary research. We aim to use the research to advocate for the reform of law, policy and practice, including the formal recognition of the paralegal sector.
To this end, CCJD has recently employed a researcher, Wendy Leeb, to lead the research programme. Director Winnie Martins has recently completed her PhD on ‘Access to Justice: The Role of Community-based Paralegals in Community Restorative Justice in Rural KwaZulu-Natal’