When Zimbabwe attained its independence in 1980, a group of lawyers committed to promoting the protection of people’s rights came up with the idea of an organisation which would facilitate access to justice for all.
“… what we needed was a publicly funded organization with the capability to take on projects including test cases which could make a real difference to the functioning of the legal system.”
~ Ian Donovan, a founding Trustee of the LRF.
The Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) began its operations in 1985, with the establishment of the Harare Legal Projects Centre; publication of the Zimbabwe Law Reports to document cases advancing jurisprudence in Zimbabwe; and a pilot paralegal programme designed to take the law to the people. The organisation has expanded its programmes and reach over the past 35 years, with 5 provincial centres and 13 Legal Advice Centres spread across the country.
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