Paralegal Advisory Service

The Paralegal Advisory Service (PASI) started in Malawi in May 2000 as an initiative of Penal Reform International (PRI), which sought to create a private-public partnership linking local NGOs with the Ministry of Justice and Malawi’s Prison Service. PASI Malawi aims at reaching as many people as possible, with a ratio of 1:100 (paralegal: prisoner) per day being common. Accordingly, emphasis is placed on linking up with other interest groups to work with and to whom to refer cases. We are currently a nation-wide initiative, deploying trained paralegals to provide legal education, advice and assistance throughout the criminal justice processes, from arrest to appeal, which complement the work of the lawyers.