Rights and Access to Justice for all

Transform Justice into Passion

The Zanzibar Legal Services Centre (ZLSC) was established in 1992 as a nongovernmental, voluntary, independent and non - profit making organisation aimed at providing legal aid services to the poor, women, and children, the disabled, marginalised and other d isadvantaged sections of the Zanzibari society. The Centre also aims to popularise knowledge on the law and to produce publications in all areas of legal concern to the people of Zanzibar. During the 2 5 years of its existence, the Centre has grown in strength and works tirelessly to achieve its entire major intended aims and objectives in line with the vision and mission of the Centre. In order to achieve these aims and ensure that behavioural changes are guaranteed, the Centre strives to ensure that all the people of Zanzibar have a basic understanding of legal and human rights principles and can act on them in order to build a society based on rule of law, good governance and the observance of human rights norms. Primarily, the Centre provides legal aid in the form of counselling and advice to the poor and those who cannot afford to hire lawyers to handle their legal issues. Those in need of legal aid visit the offices of the Centre in both Unguja and Pemba or receive legal aid/assistance from the Centre’ s recognized Paralegals who are found in all electoral constituencies of Zanzibar. In addition, some of the staffs of the Centre who are admitted into the Roll as Advocates provide legal representation in the courts of law for deserving cases which have sa tisfied the Centre’s criteria for taking legal matters to court. All the legal aid provided by the Centre, be it purely advisory or litigation, is provided free of charge. The Centre is also actively engaged in the provision of legal education to the publi c in order to raise people’s awareness on their basic rights and civic responsibilities, this is done through various means including seminars, workshops, round - table meetings, legal aid outreach and the media, mainly through television and radio programme s. The Centre also, prides itself on legal research as it undertakes, through conducting, coordinating and commissioning, research on legal issues. The results of the research is disseminated through meetings in which scholars, politicians, stakeholders an d people from all walks of life meet to discuss and exchange views. Some of the completed results have been both attractive and appealing to the government thus helping to shape policies and laws on various issues including the issue of the rights of the c hild in Zanzibar..

Welcome to ZLSC

    Zanzibar Legal Services Centre is a prime civil society player in Zanzibar. It was established in 1992 and currently has two offices, one at Kijangwani, Unguja and the other in Miembeni, Chake Chake, Pemba. The Vision and Mission of the Centre are:

    Vision: Rights and Access to Justice for all.

    Mission: Zanzibar Legal Services Centre is a Non-partisan,                       Non-profit Organization dedicated
                 to raising people’s awareness, Promoting Human                       Rights and Good Governance.

    The Centre focuses on provision of legal aid and assistance to the poor, marginalised and vulnerable members of the society in Zanzibar. It also provides education on Human Rights. This is a service it has been providing with relative success in the past 25 years.