A new working paper on community-based paralegals in South Africa has been published, entitled "To Whom Do The People Take Their Issues? The Contribution of Community-Based Paralegals to Access to Justice in South Africa". The paper was researched and written by SERI researcher Jackie Dugard and Kay Drage (previous SERI litigation intern) for The Justice and Development Working Paper Series.
The paper examines the role of paralegals in providing a crucial link to justice services and legal redress in South Africa, particularly for the rural poor. Through an analysis of twelve case studies of paralegal-assisted cases, the report identifies facilitating and hindering determinants of community advice office (CAO) functions at both the institutional and organization level.