Advocate Noleen Leach is the co-coordinator of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology's (CPUT) Unit For Applied Law and has been working hard to pull together the country's first ever Bachelors Degree course in Paralegal Services.
The pioneering course kicks off next year.
Leach says explains that the role of community based paralegals is to assist and empower communities to access those mechanisms with which they can hold government agencies to account in non-violent and lawful ways.
She says the legal needs stretch beyond criminal matters.
The legal needs of everyday life are often left unattended until it evolves into a dispute that ends up in a court of law and we know that very few of us can afford the services of an attorney on call.— Noleen Leach, advocate
The attorney is not necessarily trained to provide primary legal services so it is clear that there must be an investment practitioners to render these primary legal services, especially in civil matters where the need is the greatest.— Noleen Leach, advocate
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This article first appeared on 702 : CPUT: Taking justice to the people with new BA degree in paralegal services