Justice on wheels in the Philippines
Saturday morning I went to Balbagon port in Camiguin to fetch friends. There I saw an astonishing kind of bus:
The Justice on Wheels is an access to justice programme which was commenced in 2004 by the country’s Supreme Court. JOW aims to bring justice closer to the poor by providing on-the-spot fast and free dispute resolution services – adjudication, mediation and conciliation.
A bus is travelling the country literally delivering accessible justice to the local communities. The disputants are offered not only facilities but also can benefit from the professional services of judges, prosecutors, mediators, clerks and lawyers. Even process server and a court room guard travel with the bus.
It’s the first time I have seen such a bus and got information about this system. It seems that Guatemala had been the first country to introduce Justice on Wheels.