Timap for Justice is a pioneering effort to provide basic justice services free of charge in Sierra Leone. Due to a nationwide shortage of lawyers and the nature of Sierra Leone’s dualist legal structure, Timap’s model features community-based paralegals rather than lawyers. Our decade-long experience has allowed us to develop a creative, flexible model to advance justice – one that combines services such as education, mediation, negotiation, organizing, and advocacy. With 20 paralegal offices providing outreach to 22 chiefdoms in 8 districts, Timap for Justice is Sierra Leone’s largest paralegal network.
In Sierra Leone, women and men enjoy equal legal rights - at least in theory. However, this is not the case in practice. In 2012, 56% of the cases that Timap handled were reported by women. Statistically, domestic violence cases are the second most common case-type handled by Timap. Read more
In Sierra Leone, over half of those in prison have not been convicted of a crime. They are pretrial detainees who are being held pending their day in court—they should be considered innocent until proven guilty. Yet many of them languish in jail for month or even years, unaware of their rights. Read more
Children can be easily overlooked in traditional Sierra Leonean society. We try to mitigate this disparity in access to justice for minors through an emphasis on the promotion of children's rights. In 2012, nearly 20% of our cases were reported by clients under the age of 18. Read more
In addition to serving individuals, our paralegals take on justice-related problems at the community level. Paralegals identify community level problems and tackle them through Community Dialogue Meetings, Mobile Clinics and targeted Educational Workshops. Read more
Timap is working to improve its monitoring and evaluation system. In partnership with FluidSurveys, Timap has recently developed a database that allows for data collection and analysis.
Learn more in the data section.