CHILD LEGAL AID CLINIC

Maboshe Child Legal Aid Clinic (MCLAC) is an initiative of Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) in conjunction with local, national, regional and international partners with the aim of providing free legal assistance to disabled children, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) whose basic rights have been violated. MMC's Legal Clinic provides free and confidential legal aid.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH CASES?

Our main area of expertise is advocates for the rights of disabled children, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) through the provision of free legal aid services, engaging in public and school child rights sensitization, legal education, participating in law reform and policy change and undertaking public interest litigation, stigma or discrimination, statutory and customary law marriages, legal referral system, will writing, child violence as a result of disabled children, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) actual status then the clinic could be the first step in resolving your dispute, family disputes and will take on any case that has merit.

DO I HAVE TO PAY?

The clinic services are completely free of charge and if we feel your case needs to go to court we will refer you to other legal officers or a lawyer that would be willing to take on your case for free or by paying legal fees to them and our paralegal officers will support you throughout the whole process.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE MABOSHE CHILD LEGAL AID CLINIC (MCLAC)?

When you arrive at the clinic our friendly and fully- trained paralegal officers will take time to get to know you and understand your situation. You may be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about you and your experience. For those unable to read or write, paralegal officers will assist in completion of any paperwork. Once the paralegal officers have a clear understanding of your case, they will explain your options and possible outcomes. You will usually be asked to attend a follow up meeting where you may need to provide further information or documentation. After this you will decide on next steps with paralegal officers. We will usually try to resolve the issue outside of court through meetings and negotiations with interested parties such as employers or family members, etc. if this is not possible we may suggest that your case is referred to other legal officers or a lawyer for legal action. Whatever happens paralegal officers will support you throughout the whole process.

HOW IS MY PRIVACY PROTECTED?

Only paralegal officers will have access to your personnel information. Before they can start working, all of paralegal officers must sign a confidentiality agreement form, so your privacy is assured and in whatever event, your privacy is protected.

ANY STAFF LAWYERS AT MABOSHE CHILD LEGAL AID CLINIC (MCLAC)?

The work of the clinic is directed by a lawyer who supervises a team of trained paralegal officers who are able to handle legal issues. The lawyer gives paralegal officers legal guidance and input on some of the cases in the clinic.

WILL I HAVE TO GO TO COURT?

Many cases are resolved without going to court. Most of the cases handled by the clinic so far have been resolved through negotiation without going to court. However if you need to appear in court the paralegal officers will put you in touch with a lawyer who can represent you and support you throughout the whole process.

If you feel you have suffered discrimination as a result of your actual or perceived life status in society or any other form of discrimination, you are welcome to visit the clinic; you will be received and attended to by a friendly and helpful team of paralegal officers.

LOCATION AND CONTACT FOR THE MABOSHE CHILD LEGAL AID CLINIC (MCLAC)

The clinic is found at the Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC), Off Mongu- Lusaka Road, Chisonga Fuel Storage Road, Chisonga Road near Rufalo Bar, Mongu district, Western province, Zambia.

Cell #: + 260979997382, +260975077808 and +260954655071

Email: mmcmonguheadoffice@ymail.com

WORKING TIME & DAYS

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Morning: - 09:00 - 13: 00hrs.

Afternoon: - 14:30 - 17:00hrs

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