Your rights

Overview

Every person has the right to have any dispute that can be resolved by the application of law decided in a fair and public hearing before a court or, if appropriate, another independent and impartial tribunal or body.

The Constitution calls for promotion of alternative means of settling disputes. This means that you can go to religious leaders, government administrators, elders and other community leaders to resolve disputes; however, the Constitution also says that such processes must follow the law.

This means that the alternative processes must uphold human rights of all persons involved in the dispute, especially women, youth and children. It also means that even if you choose to go through such an alternative process, you are still free to pursue the matter in a court of law.

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