CCJD provides accredited and non-accredited training.
CCJD has acquired accreditation with SASSETA to provide the Certificate in Paralegal Practice (to be followed by the Diploma). This means that new paralegals will be able to train with CCJD with its special brand of community-based experience. Based in KwaZulu-Natal, CCJD offers a mixed model of residential and distance learning. Organisations and interested people should contact CCJD for details about the certificate course.
CCJD paralegals who have not done the course, as well as paralegals from other organisations, are welcome to register for the course for 2017. The requirements are that you can access the internet and have basic computer skills. The course is mostly by distance education, and is an after-hours commitment of about 10 hours of study per week. It is hard work, but very rewarding. To apply, contact Carol Friedman to show your interest (email@example.com).
Non-Accredited In-Service Training
CCJD provides legal updates to the paralegals at its fifteen affiliated advice offices. For example, in 2013 and 2014 update training was conducted in The Domestic Violence Act, The Sexual Offences Amendment Act, The Child Justice Act, The Maintenance Act and The Customary Marriages Act. Paralegals were then in a position to use this information to conduct workshops with traditional leaders in their areas. The aim is to educate the traditional leaders about these acts, focusing on the rights of women and children, so that they are guided by them when making decisions in their courts.
We also provide training to the advice offices which enables them to be increasingly independent. Recently CCJD trained the advice office staff in financial management, budgeting, banking, accountability, human resource procedures and governance. Since 2010 the advice office staff have learned:
- How to register as NPOs, to meet requirements and complete registration forms
- How to write constitutions for each office, and to draft their own constitutions
- The responsibilities and duties of management committee members
- How to implement human resource procedures, such as payment of salaries and benefits and leave-taking
- Basic financial accounting for the paralegals and their management committees
- Governance and management for the 20 paralegals and their management committees
- Basic computer skills, such as Microsoft Word, Windows, emailing and using the internet
- How to write monthly and annual reports and use data capturing instruments
- Local government structures and how to participate in local development initiatives by working with Integrated Development Plans. The plan is for coordinators to educate community members in how to get involved in local affairs, so that they can hold municipal councillors to account and ensure they implement government policies more fully.
We are exploring the development of an advanced paralegal training in Justice and Governance through the University of KwaZulu-Natal, which will be available to both experienced CCJD paralegals and those from outside the organisation.