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Feature Friday: Sierra Leone’s progressive new legal aid law (and some links)

Things are changing — slowly but surely — in the world of legal empowerment and legal aid. In Sierra Leone, the Parliament recently enacted “one of the most progressive legal aid laws in Africa—with an innovative approach to providing access to justice for all that will reinforce the rule of law,” as noted by the Open Society Institute’s blog. This bill was approved with consensus by Sierra Leone’s house in less than one hour. The bill provides the “legal architecture for Sierra Leone’s first nationwide legal aid system.” As OSI’s Sonkita Conteh writes, The bill provides for a mixed model…

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