Citizen Perception Mapping of the Justice Delivery System of Zimbabwe Validation Workshops

The Centre of Applied Legal Research (CALR) presented its report on the Citizen Perception Mapping of the Justice Delivery System of Zimbabwe at two scheduled validation workshops in Harare and Bulawayo on the 25th October and the 3rd of November 2016 respectively.

The Citizen Perception Mapping of the Justice Delivery System of Zimbabwe Report provides key findings and recommendations obtained from a national baseline survey which was conducted by CALR in October 2015 which seeks to assess citizen knowledge and experiences in accessing justice services in Zimbabwe, through assessing, (a) the justice system(s) that are relied upon by the people especially the vulnerable and marginalized (i.e. either formal and/or informal), (b) the factors that determine the choice of preference of the justice system(s), and (c) the major challenges/obstacles that affect people in accessing the justice system(s).

The objective of the validation workshops was to engage key stakeholders in a technical review of the Report; to seek validation of the key findings of the Report and to identify strategic focus areas for policy interventions in reforming the formal and informal justice systems of Zimbabwe.

The workshops were convened with the support of the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs (MoJLPA), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) under the Justice, Law and Order Sector (JLOS) programme within the auspices of the Enhancing Justice Delivery and Human Rights for All Project. This project was launched in recognition of the role that the justice sector plays in building and strengthening accountable, democratic and responsive institutions that enhance citizens’ participation in democratic processes and the promotion of good governance. The project was launched also in recognition of the reality that access to justice and its associated impediments often adversely affect the poor and marginalised members of society, particularly women, the youth, children and persons living with disabilities and other such disadvantaged members of the community.

The workshops were attended by representatives from the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the United Nations Development Program, Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, Legal Aid Directorate, Counselling Services Unit, Law Society of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservations of Culture and Heritage, New Hope Foundation, Childline Zimbabwe, National Council for Disabled Persons in Zimbabwe, Shungu Dzevana Trust, Women and AIDS Support Network, Zimbabwe Police Service, City of Harare, Mudiwa HIV/AIDS Organisation, Tajamuka Foundation, Ministry of Home Affairs, Danhiko Project and SOS Children’s Village.

Participants at the workshops validated the findings of the Citizen Perception Mapping of the Justice Delivery System of Zimbabwe Report and made recommendations that will be incorporated in the final report.