February 16, 2010, 9:39 am
By The Carter Center
Working with monitors from the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC), The Carter Center supports legal advice services in marginalized rural communities through a network of 32 Community Legal Advisors (CLAs) in eight counties.
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CLAs are either stationed in major towns or travel from village to village as ‘mobile’ monitors. They offer free advice on how navigate the formal and informal legal systems and also offer mediation services and advocacy assistance. The JPC monitors police cells, prisons, and courts, referring cases to Carter Center lawyers where necessary.
Since January 2008, CLAs have opened more than 1,700 cases and closed over 1,200. The most common case types include land and property disputes, debt, child abandonment, family problems, assault, and breach of contract.