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ABA Hiring Personnel for Haiti Legal Recovery Effort

Posted Feb 3, 2010 10:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The ABA and other legal groups are pushing to rebuild and support Haiti’s legal system after the earthquake destroyed the courthouse in Port-au-Prince and reportedly killed several judges.

Haiti’s chief judge was among the judges thought to be killed in the earthquake, the Daily Business Review reports. “Though some Port-au-Prince lawyers were ready to go back to work, with the courthouse demolished, judges killed and records destroyed, the Haitian justice system has essentially ground to a halt,” the story says.

The Haitian Lawyers Association and the international section of The Florida Bar met last week to discuss plans to rebuild the toppled courthouse, the Palais de Justice.

Meanwhile, the ABA is recruiting a program manager, translators and other personnel for a new Rule of Law Initiative in Haiti.

The program will support local justice-sector institutions in processing criminal cases and civil petitions during the recovery.

Last updated at 2:17 p.m. to remove an incorrect attribution.

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