The Catholic Commission for Peace and Justice (CCJP) this week drilled chiefs in administration of justice, record keeping and handling of gender based violence cases.
The training, which was funded by the Department of International Development DFID, attracted 160 participants that included group village heads, village heads and councillors.
CCJP’s Southern Region coordinator for Malawi Primary Justice, Dalitso Mipando, said the local chiefs were being trained to improve delivery of primary justice in their traditional courts.
“Our aim is to improve communication and promote access to justice to communities,” he said.
He said the project was launched in the areas of Traditional Authorities (T/A) Mpama and Kadewere in in Chiradzulu in 2008 and has since expanded to the areas of T/As in the same district.
Mipando said the project has so far restored confidence in traditional courts. n