Due to the lack of money the access to legal services is a challenge for underrepresented communities across the globe. The inability for underrepresented communities to receive the assistance they need results in the use of unconventional methods to deal with issues that can be resolved with the use of the appropriate legal channels. Vigilante justice or what is considered mob justice in some parts of the world is employed when the legal process is taken out of the equation and one or more individuals take it upon themselves to remedy a wrong. Unless the appropriate channels to address these challenges that are legal in nature are provided as a viable option for seeking redress the communities that utilize these methods will never understand that taking the law into their own hands can create more problems than it solves.
The United Nations has implemented strategies to assist with "strengthening justice in areas including: monitoring and evaluation; empowering the poor and marginalized to seek response and remedies for injustice; improving legal protection, legal awareness, and legal aid; civil society and parliamentary oversight; addressing challenges in the justice sector such as police brutality, inhumane prison conditions, lengthy pre-trial detention, and impunity for perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence and other serious conflict-related crimes; and strengthening linkages between formal and informal structures." When you analyze these areas into some of the challenges that are occurring in many impoverished and underrepresented communities across the globe there are key areas where paralegals can provide their assistance.
Some of these areas include:
There are some organizations like Namati who provide paralegal training in order to allow for the effective delivery of legal services to address some of these legal issues. Namati as well as other organizations minimize the gap between those that need the assistance of legal professionals and those who are able to provide such services. In some communities there is an overabundance of attorneys, but in others there are little to no attorneys. When there are attorneys available they may charge more than what is affordable by the average person in that community. This is where paralegals can provide the needed legal assistance in order to allow those who are struggling to overcome various legal hurdles to obtain adequate access to justice.
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Llynette Bealer has 20 years experience including working as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper for Junior Achievement of San Diego and various Business Improvement Districts in San Diego, CA. She has worked in mortgage bankruptcy for Chase Home Finance and various law firms.