Who We Are

The Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) is a consortium of 20 non-governmental Legal Aid Service Providers (LASPs) in Zambia. PAN’s mission is to leverage the collective power of its network members to improve access to justice for all indigents, detainees and in particular to ensure that the rights of persons with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities, both victims and…

What We Do

The Paralegal Alliance Network (PAN) is an umbrella organisation that provides coordination and services for legal aid service providers in Zambia. The aim of PAN is to enhance the capacity of its member organisations in offering legal aid services to the poor and vulnerable groups, by strengthening the role of paralegals in the justice system.

Services

Training

The network collaborates with training institutions such as the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA), the University of Zambia (UNZA) law school and the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE), the Legal Aid Board, Law Association of Zambia and the Ministry of Justice to develop curriculum and train paralegals. PAN Secretariat coordinates paralegal trainings for member organisations to ensure consistency and accountability of developed standards. Since PAN’s inception, more than 1,000 paralegals have been trained. The network also developed reference and training manuals for paralegals. Year by year members have been able to see an increase in cases handled by paralegals, an indication that the Zambian population increasingly utilizes paralegal services.

PAN empowers people to understand, use and shape the law through:

  • Direct legal services through our paralegal network.
  • Supporting disability self-advocates.
  • Trainings of justice and health officers to appropriately handle cases involving persons with disabilities and those who offend the law.
  • Monitoring to ensure reviews for persons detained at “The President’s Pleasure”.
  • Development of a guide to outlining for justice and health officers on how to handle cases involving these persons with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities appropriately.
  • Training of media on disability rights and appropriate reporting.
  • Development of informational materials to create public awareness and challenge stigma.
  • Advocacy to have laws that supports access to justice for all.

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