UNDERSTANDING COSTS AND BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY-BASED JUSTICE SERVICES IN SIERRA LEONE
The study will particularly focus on two thematic areas: first, family law, including child and spousal support; and second, property, land and tenancy issues. Mapping out the uses and responses to community-based justice mechanisms within the thematic areas will be integral in the study, due to their impact on daily life on the ultimate beneficiaries, i.e., the service users. Ultimately, the principal objective of the research project is to contribute to the body of knowledge in approaches to expanding access to justice services in Sierra Leone in a cost-effective, strategic and sustainable manner with optimal benefits for service users. The research team will track a set of outcomes of legal services, given that understanding effective access to justice requires a focus on the attendant benefits, notably the ability of people to address their justice problems in a fair, cost efficient, timely and effective manner. Thus, the recommendations will be evidence-based and practical, highlighting the key considerations for future programming and response to justice service delivery in Sierra Leone.
The project is being implemented by the Centre for Alternative Policy Research and Innovation (CAPRI) Sierra Leone.
 Kean, et al (2004:5) Sierra Leone: Legal and Judicial Sector Assessment, Washington: World Bank.
 Cost in this study is defined broadly to mean monetary, opportunity and intangible costs.