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December 2017
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A community paralegal, also known as a grassroots legal advocate or a barefoot lawyer, is a community resource person and mobiliser, trained in basic law and legal procedures and in skills like mediation, negotiation, education, and advocacy.

Paralegals combine their knowledge of the law, range of skills and understanding of local contexts to help resolve justice problems by empowering affected communities in the use of law. They help communities gather and present evidence of injustice and appeal to the institutions accountable to citizens within existing law. They focus on prompt local administrative actions rather than slow, distant and expensive litigation. They serve as a ‘frontline’ of justice services to affected communities– they are an accessible, affordable, and speedy way to achieve justice.

 

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Manju Menon, Meenakshi Kapoor, Vivek Maru, Kanchi Kohli
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Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment

Namati is an international organization that tests the potential of legal empowerment through innovative interventions and research. Through our work, we seek a better understanding of the impacts of legal empowerment and the most effective mechanisms for achieving them. 

The Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has been one of India’s leading public policy think tanks since 1973. The Centre is a non-profit, non-partisan independent institution dedicated to conducting research that contributes to the production of high quality scholarship, better policies, and a more robust public discourse about the structures and processes that shape life in India.

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Namati: Innovations in Legal Empowerment

Namati is an international organization that tests the potential of legal empowerment through innovative interventions and research. Through our work, we seek a better understanding of the impacts of legal empowerment and the most effective mechanisms for achieving them. 

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