Access to Justice Clinics Under the Justice System Program

Octrober 2017 – December 2019
Contact Person: Izalde Pinto, Program Manager at or +670 77312184

Access to Justice Clinics under the (AJCs)Public Defender in Timor Leste to improve and strengthen justice system.  This program implemented in 2 Judicial municipalities; Baucau and Suai, with partnering Belun and Public Defenders Office (PDO) and support funding by UNDP and Civil Society grants under the Prime Minister Office in Timor-Leste. The objectives of this project are public information awareness to educate the community members about access to Justice and strengthen communities knowledge of land laws and the options that they have to resolve their private disputes, train local authority members and suitable people representative from those administrative posts in dispute resolution and the mediation process, and provide mediation services for disputants in the targeted administrative post while being flexible in incorporating matters from other Administrative Posts that require urgent intervention under both Judicial Municipalities

To achieve these objectives Belun is working in areas such

  • Case registration: to attend the communities come to consultation register their cases
  • Sensibility public information awareness to communities about alternative resolution dispute in rural area.
  • Land dispute mediation: Facilitated mediation to land disputants whose register case and authorization from Public Defender Officer 4. Referral cases; Belun access to will facilitated mediation three times and if the dispute do not achieve agreement, Belun will referred the case to Public Defender officer in both judicial Municipalities to continue to judicial justice process.
  • Creation and develop of an M&E framework for the AJCs and alternative dispute resolution training;
  • Disseminate information gender equality with participation from vulnerable groups in activity;
  • Provide training on gender mainstreaming and social inclusion to young women groups are coverage both judicial municipalities;
  • Consultation with UNDP and the PDO, to share and adapted activity plan and update monthly activity progress;
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) training to local authorities and village council members in Post Administrative Post in target area;
  • Development and implementation of the paralegal activity to help community on data collection of incidents or cases in affect to community.