Through her established network of volunteers (Community Peace Promoters — CPPs) in Lango sub region, FAPAD has and continue to support all forms of mechanisms towards justice especially for the marginalized. Legal Aid department is one of FAPAD's first departments inaugurated in 2004 when the organization formally registered to support the disadvantaged population in the sub region.
The strategy to establish a total of 1,680 dedicated CPPs in the 8 districts in Lango proved significant for the department across years since it has helped FAPAD reach out to many conflicting parties through mediations. Though birthed by Legal Aid, the CPPs have been fruitful in the organizations other program thematic area.1.REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP
As a legal aid provider, FAPAD is registered with the Uganda Law council.
FAPAD is also a member organization of Legal Aid Service Providers Network (LASPNET), and Northern Uganda Land Platform amongst others (NULP).
Through the department, FAPAD continues to engage with like-minded actors in quest for access to justice for disadvantaged population.2.STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
To protect and promote human rights in Lango region, Northern Uganda2.1 STRATEGIC FOCUS
Legal Aid department contributes to attain one of FAPAD's core strategic focus of sustainable peace and respect for rights through protecting and promoting human rights.3.0 FAPAD’S WORK IN LANGO SUB REGION
Lango sub region is comprised of eight districts, Lira, Apac, Amolatar, Dokolo, Oyam, Otuke, Kole, and Alebtong Districts. Legal aid has grounded its roots in all the 8 districts with at least one or a combination of interventions in each.
3.1 OUR HUMAN RIGHTS WORK IN THE 8 DISTRICTS
The Human rights component of FAPAD includes interventions on the following;
- Legal Aid services which includes the formal and non-formal legal aid activities;
Formal legal aid includes legal education, legal documentation, legal advice, litigation, mobile legal aid services and representation of indigent persons in Lango that includes women, children and the elderly.
Non-formal legal aid includes Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) through community dialogues, mediations, creating awareness, documentation and publications. Our legal aid has benefited over 20,000 direct beneficiaries in a period of 2010 to 2017.
- Conflict resolution including establishment & maintenance of dispute resolution avenues
FAPAD's Legal Aid department also targets the duty bearers - building their capacity on how to conduct sub county courts, handling of civil cases which often come as appeal case from LCI and II courts. Since FAPAD promotes the use of ADR as the mechanism for conflict settlement, Legal Aid department also targets the religious and cultural leaders in building their skills both on mediation processes and on how to provide psychosocial support to their communities.4.0 SUMMARY OF CURRENT PROJECTS
2015-2018 Project of human rights and rule of law funded by USAID through Freedom House
2015-2017 Promoting tenure rights and sustainable livelihood to women and children (Trocaire)
Other Projects undertaken in the past:
2010 — 2015 ICCO —Conflict transformation and Democratization.
2008 —2010 DANIDA-legal aid basket fund
2007- 2013 Trocaire- food security (land Rights)
2010- 2011 Action aid Uganda (Access to Justice)
2007-2010 European Union (CSAE)
2010-2011 PATHFINDER GBV5.0 CAPACITY
The department is currently comprised of 3 full time staff that includes legal counsel and two legal assistants. Additionally, the department is supported by an external advocate to help in representing legal aid clients in courts of law.
FAPAD in Networking and coordination meeting at a community legal awareness outreach with Uganda Human Rights commission, Bala Sub County, Kole District
LEGAL AID IN NUMBERS
- 225 clients represented in courts of law since 2010 to 2017
- 868 cases mediated successfully since 2010 to 2017
- 455 legal aid clinics held between 2010 to 2017
- 588 community dialogues conducted between 2010 to 2017
- 200 to 250 cases registered on average every month 2010 to 2017
- 56 cases won in courts of law in favor of our clients since 2010 to 2017
- 7 years the longest cases have taken before being disposed
- 5 to 15 cases disposed off within one year on average
- 10,067 direct beneficiaries that directly benefit from legal aid support per year.