Nadcao has established partnerships that support the vision for a consolidated and sustainable community advice office (CAO) sector. Long-term institutional relationships with these partners will strengthen the CAOs' delivery of access to justice to marginalised communities.
Association of University Legal Aid Institutions (Aulai)
Nadcao has entered into a formal cooperation agreement with Aulai to ensure that the accredited training of community-based paralegals is formalised and offered through various law clinics as part of the process of institutionalising the sector. Aulai is also a key national partner in Nadcao’s efforts for the regulation of the CAO and paralegal sector.
ProBono.Org is working with Nadcao to improve the quality of legal services provided by 50 community advice offices in Limpopo, Gauteng and North West provinces. This is being done by building relationships and referral systems between the individual CAOs and local private volunteer lawyers. Nadcao and Probono.Org identified a dedicated attorney to assist with legal support to the paralegals working in the 50 community advice offices.
Legal Aid South Africa
Nadcao and Legal Aid South Africa have signed a formal cooperation agreement that establishes formal cooperation at national, provincial and local level. The agreement encourages linkages between individual CAOs and justice centres in each province. These centres can share infrastructure with CAOs and assist them with case referrals. Justice centres can also direct matters that do not require court proceedings to the community advice offices.
Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
Where cases need to be handled more formally, forinstance in a court, the LRC partners with Nadcao to improve the referral systems for community advice offices. They also work with Nadcao to make sure that paralegals receive appropriate training.