Current ProgramsMicrojustice legal protection is unique, for it is a preventive tool. It gives legal protection prior to conflict. Its costs are therefore a fraction of the social and economic expenses generated when it is left out. As the protection aid tool focusses on preventive and day-to-day justice it is complementary to most governments existing legal aid that focusses on criminal law procedures and exceptionally on conflict resolution procedures.
Microjustice has been a pioneer for the promotion of the universal access to legal protection and linking vulnerable and refugees to legal aid for the past 25years. Our 25 years of knowledge and grassroot experience has now been successfully transformed into our Legal Protection Barometer and online Legal Protection Platform.
Legal Protection Barometer
Microjustice has developed country specific reports consisting of so-called 'legal inclusion mapping'. The focus of these mappings is on basic legal needs such as access to property titles, business registrations, use of contracts, wills and other civil and administrative documentation. For each country, the mapping includes recommendations on how access to justice can be improved. Current mappings are available for. The mappings have led to the development of a legal protection barometer in which we can identify per country the groups in need of legal protection, their specific problems, best practices and recommendations, allowing for comparative development to increase the level of legal protection in eventually all countries worldwide. The Barometer has therefore the potential to become a benchmark for national and international legal institutions.
Hyperlink available: Legal Protection Barometer
Digital Legal Protection Platform
Our digital Legal Protection Platform fulfils the role of a legal assistance provider and makes procedures accessible to the people who need them. The digital platform also aims to promote the right to legal protection.
For each country worldwide a website can be built. This online platform gives access to preventive and day- to-day procedures on legal matters relating to immovable property, movable property, family matters, inheritance matters, business matters, damage claims, claiming debts and employment.
Underprivileged can find answers to frequently asked questions and can get access to basic legal documentation. The platform empowers them to obtain their basic legal rights, for which they would otherwise lack the know-how, contacts or funding. The platform also has the potential to include the option to match citizens in need of legal assistance on specific matters with attorneys who are registered with the website, depending whether and to which extent country-specific legislation would allow their involvement. Pilot websites are live for Serbia, Kenya and Bolivia. We would be happy to provide a demonstration on how these websites are foreseen to work in practice and how these can be operated.