Who we are
The Justice Research Institute Ltd. Gte. (JRI), is a Justice Policy and Research Centre established in 2005. The JRI, in collaboration with the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), with the support of the Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) is working to facilitate and promote a pro-bono culture in Nigeria through the establishment of clearing houses at strategic locations in the country. The Clearing House was set up in 2018 and is firmly committed to enabling disadvantaged and underprivileged persons have access to justice, counsel, and legal services at no cost to them. The Clearing House aims to bridge the gap between persons and organisations seeking legal services and lawyers or law firms willing to provide these services pro bono, voluntarily and at no cost to the recipient. Additionally, the Clearing House aims at enlightening the Nigerian society on how justice for all can only be actualised bya deliberate pro bono culture. Through its pro bono work and partnerships, the Clearing House hopes to bring sound legal advice, representation, and counselling to those who would ordinarily have access to it by reason of their financial or social status.
What We Do
We are out to complement the effort of the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria in addressing the ever-increasing demand by indigents and the disadvantaged for Pro Bono legal services through our various State Coordinators, our officers and various stakeholders. We utilise every possible avenue to reach out to lawyers and encourage them to take pro bono legal cases. Similarly, we create awareness via social media, electronic and mass media and through one-on-one engagement with the indigents in their communities, IDP camps schools, through referrals etc. Our aim is to ensure that indigents get justice no matter their distance from the cities.
How we do it
We are aware that Information Communications Technology is an indispensable tool in the modern world and therefore we have set up a portal to drive our project. Lawyers and beneficiaries are signed up on our portal which existsatwww.probono.ng. Subsequently beneficiaries are linked to the lawyers who take up their cases and report periodically to the Clearing House via the portal by filling forms which are available on the portal. By adopting information Communications Technology in driving the project, efficiency, speed and professionalism is brought to bear on the project.
We continue to expand our frontiers across states of the Federation. Apart from Lagos, we have extended our operations to four states and the FCT. For purposes of clarity, we are presently located in the following states;
We are presently actively located in all our focal states but with offices in Abuja and Lagos.
Our Abuja office is located at:
7th Floor Plot 1101 Nigerian Bar Association House, Muhammadu Buhari Way, Central Business District, Abuja FCT.
Our Lagos Office is located at:
4a Ademola Street, South West Ikoyi, Ikoyi, Lagos State.