legal aid and support services

One of WLSA Zimbabwe's main pillar is providing legal aid and support services.

 

For Assistance and Legal advice Visit WLSA during Helpdesk Sessions on days shown below:

 

Mondays

Harare Civil court and Chitungwiza Magistrate court

9 a.m. –  1 p.m.

Tuesdays

Goromonzi Magistrate court

9 a.m. –  1 p.m.

Wednesdays

Harare Civil court and Chitungwiza Magistrate court

9 a.m. –  1 p.m.

Thursdays

Norton Magistrate court

9 a.m. –  1 p.m.

Fridays

Harare Civil court and Chitungwiza Magistrate court

9 a.m. –  1 p.m.

 OR

 Contact WLSA on Whats App – 0775708476 and a legal adviser will respond.


 

 

Legal Aid Report -  January-June 2016

 

Project sites: Chitungwiza, Norton, Harare, Mutasa district, Lupane district

Objectives: To enhance access to justice to the vulnerable and marginalized groups

Outputs

The statistics below show the WLSA legal aid work that has been conducted since January to June 2016. The statistics have been taken from all helpdesk sessions, mobile legal aid and office walk in clients. Help desk sessions are continuously being conducted at Norton, Harare and Chitungwiza courts. There are mobile legal aid clinics that also took place in Mutasa district at Pafihwa, Hauna and Magamba and in Lupane district at St Paul’s ward, Sibombo and Matshiya wards.

WLSA has assisted a total number of 905 clients with 672 being female clients and 233 being male clients.

Type of case against the client sex

Nature of Case

Client Sex

Total

Female

Male

Deceased Estate

122

41

163

Domestic Violence

112

22

134

Debt Collection

15

15

30

Matrimonial Property

33

1

34

Adultery damages

10

0

10

Custody and guardianship

9

6

15

Divorce & Marital disputes

13

2

15

Legal Information

23

66

29

Maintenance

226

11

237

Labour issues

3

3

6

Criminal case

5

5

10

Birth and death registration

38

16

49

Will writing

2

0

2

Other

61

44

105

TOTAL

672

233

905

 

The table above indicates that the highest number of cases received from January to June 2016 are on maintenance, followed by deceased estates cases then domestic violence. The lowest number of cases received are on will writing and on Labor issues. The most women received legal aid on maintenance issues whereas the most men needed legal Information.

Domestic violence

domestic violence cases

The most common types of abuse evidently seen are physical and emotional abuses, most of the domestic violence cases were received from Harare civil court.

Action Taken by WLSA on cases

Action taken

The chart above shows the variations on how WLSA assisted the legal aid clients. Legal advice being the highest action taken and court applications being the lowest.

WLSA assisted the clients through the following ways:

•           Assisted in registering deceased estates

•           Attending edict meetings

•           Filling in maintenance forms and protection order forms

•           Giving legal advice on protection orders, will writing and inheritance rights

•           Referring clients to other service providers e.g. Legal Aid Directorate, JCT and LRF

Successful cases.

·         34 Women were appointed as executrix datives.

·         200 women are able to present their cases in court. For example in maintenance case they are now able to justify their claim.

·         47 women are granted protection orders in their favors.

·         151 women were granted maintenance orders in their favors.

Challenges

Problems are being faced on follow up of clients as some of them leave false phone numbers or do not even leave any phone number because they do not have mobile phones.    

A number of cases are still pending because of the following reasons:

·         Clients on registration of deceased estates are failing to raise money for advertising or for serving court papers

·         Clients in cases of maintenance are failing to locate the other part addresses

·         Some clients are ignorant to pursue the cases.

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