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Introduction: Justice for All (01:34)


Four billion people in the world have no access to justice. Kenya is an important testing ground for legal innovations.

Justice in Hand (03:11)

Volunteers come together in Nairobi to discuss an initiative using cell phones to provide access to legal services. Gertrude Angote talks about how the lawyer shortage in Kenya leads to a lack of representation.

Fighting Systemic Problems (02:16)

Sam Muller talks about the unique traits and problems in the Kenyan justice system. Muller works with HiiL, an organization devoted to reforming local justice systems around the world.

Innovating the Legal System (03:17)

Muller talks about why Kenya represents a crucial battleground in legal reform and innovation. Aimee Ongeso speaks about the ways lack of access to legal representation and justice impact society.

Chief Justice of Kenya (04:28)

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga speaks about the fight for the new constitution of Kenya and the vicious opposition to it from some sectors. Mutunga speaks about the new constitutions commitment to justice and equality.

Helping the Community (02:59)

Jamia Abdulrahim Mustafa speaks about her work in the community as a paralegal. Mustafa speaks on a radio show about fighting corruption.

Court System (05:00)

Angote speaks about the Kenyan court system and how it is biased against the people who need it the most. Mutunga gives a tour of a colonial era courtroom and speaks about the history of the colonial courts.

Mapping Issues (02:03)

Ongeso speaks about fighting for rights using the m-haki platform. M-haki is used to map injustices in Kenya so the program directors can send fact finding missions.

Prison Reform (04:00)

Mutunga visits the prison where he was imprisoned as a political dissident without trial. Mutunga speaks about the prison reform and improvement that has taken place since his incarceration.

Paralegals in the Prison (02:53)

Peter Ouko is both a prisoner and a paralegal, he speaks about using his legal education to help other prisoners.

Reopening Cases (03:09)

Ouko and other prisoners speak about educating themselves from prison and how they can assist others even from behind bars.

The Rule of Law (04:04)

Mutunga speaks about how important justice for all is for a thriving society. Mustafa talks about post-election violence and how things have improved since the new constitution. Angela Oduor Lungati speaks about her experience during the violence after the election.

Start-ups for Justice (04:30)

Lungati talks about her work with a tech startup centered on using cell phones to map and combat violence and human rights violations. Lungati talks about using the app to facilitate election monitoring.

Revolution Within the System (02:57)

Mutunga talks about the still rampant corruption in Kenya and how citizens contact him via Twitter to combat it. Mutunga thinks the next Kenyan election will be primarily about the issue of corruption.

Credits: Justice for All (00:21)

Credits: Justice for All

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Access to justice: for four billion out of the just over seven billion people on earth this is too expensive, too complicated, blocked by corruption, or simply not available. Lawyers working for the Dutch government devote themselves to the digital innovation of the legal industry. Surprisingly enough, Kenya is a trendsetter in this respect. Under the inspiring guidance of Supreme Court Judge Willy Mutunga, and with the aid of text messaging, smartphones and Twitter, a countrywide network of apps and legal volunteers is built. Injustice is combatted with cell phones instead of law degrees. Kenya is known as a country where corruption is rife; political violence and tribal warfare are the order of the day. There are simply not enough judges and lawyers to turn the many incidents of injustice and violence into cases. But now they have found a way to relieve some of the pressure of work. Supreme Court Judge Willy Mutunga is keen on innovation. He was at the cradle of a system that allows so-called paralegals to be trained throughout the country. They are not proper lawyers but legal volunteers who can offer first aid in conflicts where justice is trampled underfoot. Village chiefs in remote areas and school heads in the slums can do a basic course in legal aid. There are even prisons where the inmates study diligently, mainly for the benefit of their own case of course! Once they have the correct information, spreading it is easy in Kenya. When it comes to cell phone density, Kenya is among the world’s highest scorers. Many legal issues and questions can be dealt with through Twitter or through systems like M-Haki, the mobile justice network. Practically everyone can afford these communication networks, which is perfect in a country where for most people expensive lawsuits are not an option. These networks facilitate justice for all and allow people to combat injustice with cell phones instead of law degrees. With Willy Mutunga (President of the Supreme Court), Sam Muller (Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law), Peter Ouko (prison paralegal), Kituo Cha Sheria (Huis van het Recht) and Ushahidi, the open source software collective.

Length: 47 minutes

Item#: BVL129512

ISBN: 978-1-64023-736-0

Copyright date: ©2016

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