In Enugu state, the Justice for All programme is providing support to the Citizens Rights and Mediation Centres (CRMC), Community Paralegals (CPs) and Village Mediators (VMs) in various locations. These projects were aimed at providing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to citizens and ensuring that poor rural community members have access to justice.
In an interview with the attorney general of the state he revealed that the J4A streams of support to the Community Paralegal and Village Mediator Project (CPVMP) and the Citizens Rights and Mediation Centre (CRMC) of the Ministry of Justice has facilitated peace and tranquillity in the state.
He disclosed that the success of both projects has led to a number of high-profile state government meetings where it was agreed that the Local Governments will establish Mediation Centres in all 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs). He said that the centres will be overseen by the CRMC and will draw in the paralegals trained under the CPVMP, who will be appointed as Legal Officers on a proper salary.
“The State Economic Planning Commission has approved the establishment of mediation centres in all 17 Local Government Areas of Enugu State. It will build on the work that J4A has done with paralegals.”
Attorney General of Enugu State