Our network is excited to announce that Tanzania has passed a new legal aid law that officially recognizes paralegals. The Legal Aid Act was signed into law on March 3rd, 2017 and Section IV of the law designates special provisions on paralegals, including qualifications for paralegals and legal aid services provided by paralegals.
Please join us in celebrating this hard fought victory and ask any questions about the law that you may have.
It is notable that paralegals who have served as such for two years or more before the passage of this law are also recognized under the new law, and that while paralegals may provide legal aid services they “shall not charge any fee from an aided person for the provision of legal aid under this Act.” These two points were under deep debate when we were discussing the draft law during the @exchange_2016tanzania in July 2016.
Thanks to @fortunata for sharing this news with us and congratulations to our network members who have been advocating for this law and many of the Tanzanian paralegals who are influenced by it (@Wigayi @Kees @FloraMasoy @mrblastuskahemela @ScholasticaJullu @nobel @Jovin_Sanga @samsonmmari @AbdallahMgaya @ngowi @WolframNziku @BenardMosira @DAVIDYOHANA @SIAYI @TimothyYaile @AndrewExavery @jamilalugembe @tikemwambipile).
I know that many members will be interested to hear this news, especially those engaged in advocacy for formal recognition of paralegals in their own countries, from Nigeria to Ukraine to Liberia and beyond, to others who have recently achieved legal recognition as well (@fatimaadamu @mustafa_mahmoud @sonkitaconteh @danielsesay @Olga_Halchenko @AimeeOngeso @vivekmaru @abigailmoy @staceycram @mckinleycharles).
The text of the new law can be found in our resource library at the link below: