Rwanda scoops international award in honour of excellent legal aid services

On 10 November 2017 at 01:56

The Ministry of Justice has received an international award for excellent legal aid services provision through Access to Justice Bureaus (MAJ), a decentralized service to assist citizens to access legal aid at no cost.

The award was from presented during a meeting of African Association for Public Administration and Management (AAPAM) in El Jadida, Morocco from 6-10th this month.

The yearly AAPAM Innovative Management award, aims at recognizing institutions, organizations and Ministries that performed valuable activities towards helping population access justice.

Speaking to IGIHE, the Director of Access to Justice Coordination Unit in the Ministry of Justice, Frank Mugabo said that the award is a recognition of the ministry and justice system in general.

“This award shows the level of the ministry in terms of legal justice aid provision to the population. It is under the government’s programme to provide legal advice to people and avoiding bureaucracy whether in institutions or in courts,” he said.

He said that MAJ advises people on law related issues, disseminate laws and regulations, advise mediators (Abunzi) on legal matters and procedures, monitor and follow-up their activities.

MAJ also coordinates the execution of court judgments and execute judgments for poor and vulnerable people and handles all issues related to Gender Based Violence.
MINIJUST has also established MAJ to assist people in conflict resolution through mediation (between themselves) or between them and other relevant organs.
MAJ operates from all districts with three lawyers per District.