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Title:Changing the terms of the debate: a visit to a popular tribunal in Mozambique
Author:Sachs, AlbieISNI
Year:1984
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Volume:28
Issue:1-2
Pages:99-108
Language:English
Geographic term:Mozambique
Subjects:popular justice
special courts
Abstract:In the case of the evolution of the system of popular justice in Mozambique, the necessary transformation from pluralist to unitary principles depended on three factors: 1) the basic constitutional message about the need for national unity, about the people exercising new forms of power, was conveyed by Mozambicans to Mozambicans; 2) the new values were applied by members of the community chosen by members of the community; 3) the transformation in the justice sector accompanied and reinforced other transformations, and reflected a new sense of justice related to general changes in the lives of people. On the basis of information gained from the records of scores of the six hundred or so popular tribunals which presently exist at the local level in different parts of Mozambique, the author concludes that popular justice in Mozambique exists as a verifiable fact. The second part of the paper discusses the circumstances that made the implantation of popular justice possible in Mozambique. Notes, ref.
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