Category Archives: News

14 April 2013

University of Virginia students visit Timap

Members of the University of Virginia School of Law’s Black Law Students Association recently traveled to Sierra Leone to visit Timap, meeting paralegals at several offices around the country. A summary of their activities and a description of Timap’s history and work is available on the Virginia Law Weekly website.

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10 September 2012

Timap launches community paralegal manual

Timap has officially unveiled its manual for community-based paralegals, an important access-to-justice resource offering guidance on basic law, including crime, contracts, and tort; paralegal skills, including mediation, advocacy, and community education; and government policy and procedure, in areas like agriculture, mining, and healthcare. Sierra Express Media has a story on the September 6 launch. Writing in the same […]

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1 June 2012

IRIN cites Timap in discussion of “non-state” judicial services

The UN news service IRIN recently published an article surveying Sierra Leoneans’ interest in justice services offered by entities beyond the formal state institutions. The piece, which mentions the expansion in Timap’s roster of paralegals, says that “most residents still shun formal justice institutions because capacity is low. Court proceedings are in English and interpreters for non-English speakers […]

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21 September 2011

Timap’s Philip Sesay passes away

Timap for Justice is sorry to report that Philip S.K. Sesay, our Media Officer, passed away on September 20. Philip, a long-time friend and then employee of Timap, played a vital role in communicating Timap’s work to Sierra Leonean and international audiences as the organization expanded from its original 15-person staff to a widely recognized […]

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19 September 2011

OSJI’s Sonkita Conteh on how paralegals approach community-level issues

Writing at Sierra Express Media, Sonkita Conteh of the Open Society Justice Initiative provides a thorough survey of how paralegals in Sierra Leone are addressing community-level issues — “problems relating to or having significance for a group of similarly placed persons or sometimes an entire community.” He describes several typical cases, including a dispute between farmers […]

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24 August 2011

World Bank report cites Timap’s work, national paralegal efforts in Sierra Leone

The 2011 edition of the World Bank’s World Development Report, sub-titled “Conflict, Security, and Development,” includes a description of Timap’s work in Sierra Leone. According to the report, “Community perceptions of institutional fairness and accountability of the police, traditional leaders, and courts . . . improved as a result of Timap’s work.” The report goes on […]

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16 August 2011

Press Release: GIZ Donates Motorbikes and Other Office Equipment to Timap for Justice

Freetown, Sierra Leone, June 4, 2011—Timap for Justice has received 8 Yamaha motorbikes and other office equipment fromGIZ. These include 5 laptops, 1 desktop computer and accessories, 1 UPS, 13 flash drives, 5 filing cabinets, 5 office desks, 30 armchairs, a 24-seater conference table, and office signposts. The donation, which supports Timap’s innovative work, was made […]

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3 May 2011

OSJI’s Sonkita Conteh states the case for paralegals in Sierra Leone

In a recent piece at Sierra Express Media, Sonkita Conteh of the Open Society Justice Initiative outlines the expansion of community-based paralegal programs in Sierra Leone, providing examples of cases where paralegals were instrumental in achieving solutions to justice problems. Conteh is a lawyer with OSJI’s Scaling up Grassroots Justice Services project, which — with Timap technical support […]

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23 August 2010

Press Release: Paralegal Justice Services Expand Across Sierra Leone — 16 New Offices to Open in September

Freetown, Sierra Leone, August 20, 2010—The number of paralegals providing free basic justice services in Sierra Leone will more than double next month, as donors join with non-governmental organizations and community-based groups to create a nation-wide network of legal assistance. The expansion is being funded by the Open Society Foundations, the German aid agency GTZ, Trocaire, […]

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19 April 2010

Press Release: Joint Statement on the Conclusion of the Two Day Stakeholder Consultation on the Draft Legal Aid Bill 2010

The coalition of Civil Society Organisations involved in human rights advocacy and the provision of justice services to communities in Sierra Leone wishes to commend participating stakeholders at the just ended consultative meeting on the draft legal aid bill held on the 14th & 15th April 2010 at Hotel Barmoi in Freetown. In particular, the […]

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31 October 2008

Timap paralegals present at customary law conference in Botswana

Lead Paralegals Daniel Sesay and John Macarthy recently discussed Timap’s legal services work at an international conference examining customary law held from October 23-24 in Gaborone, Botswana. The conference, organized by Fordham Law School’s Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and the University of Botswana, was titled African Customary Law Revisited: The Role of Customary […]

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21 October 2008

Timap client acquitted of murder

A Jury at the High Court in Makeni has on the 10th October 2008 found in favour of a Timap for Justice client accused of killing her own baby. Timap’s client, a thirty year-old woman from the north of Sierra Leone, was found not guilty and now walks as a free woman after three years […]

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30 May 2008

Transparency International cites Timap’s work

Transparency International (TI), a Berlin-based anti-corruption organization, has cited Timap for Justice in its Global Corruption Report 2007. TI’s report features an article by Stephen Golub of Boalt Hall Law School (University of California at Berkeley) which explores the role of non-governmental organizations in fighting corruption where formal courts are lacking. Golub discusses examples of […]

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27 May 2007

Timap mourns the loss of volunteer Ed Sawyer

Timap volunteer Ed Sawyer was killed in a car accident near Koidu on May 19. He had volunteered for Timap for Justice in early 2007. Below is a letter from Timap to Ed’s family. May 21, 2007 Dear Mrs. Sawyer and family, I am writing on behalf of Timap for Justice, an experimental legal services […]

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24 February 2007

Timap developing Litigation Corps

Timap for Justice is recruiting a cadre of lawyers to assist in the organization’s litigation efforts. While Timap’s frontline consists of community-based paralegals, the Directors strategically engage in litigation and high-level advocacy in cases of severe injustice and possibility for legal impact. The new Litigation Corps will establish a group of Timap-affiliated lawyers to litigate […]

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