IDLO implemented a project aimed at improving access to justice services for rural and marginalized citizens in South Sudan by supporting legal aid and through building the capacity of rule of law actors. The project included training for paralegals, civil society organizations and legal professionals to enable them to effectively carry out their duties of justice service delivery. The project also provided financial, technical and advisory support to civil society organizations offering legal aid services to reduce the arbitrary, unlawful and prolonged detention in police cells and prisons, and improve case disposal rates through the provision of pro bono services.
The project also raised awareness of citizen’s legal rights and duties to increase access to legal remedies and demand for legitimate justice mechanisms. This was done through a public information campaign using creative arts and the mass media. Finally, IDLO supported the development of informal national coordination forums for rule of law actors.