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Access to Justice and Rule of Law

Access to justice is defined as “the ability of people to seek and obtain a remedy through formal or informal institutions of justice and in conformity with human rights standards”. It further entails, in its narrowest sense, the formal ability to appear in court. The Pillar focuses on facilitating linkages within legal systems to ensure that the under-privileged have access to public legal services that are equally effective as paid institutions. On the part of ‘rule of law’, the Commission does not only support capacity building of the judicial structures and relevant support systems but also facilitate review and revision of legislation to ensure that they are responsive to the change of the environment and social contexts. In line with the Commission’s mission to advocate for a Malawian society that embraces human dignity and rights, rule of law, intergenerational equity, good governance and democratic values, the Commission will aim to strengthen justice systems, including informal structures to enhance access even for the vulnerable groups. This is in line with Sustainable Development Goal No. 16