Access to Justice (ATJ) Department

Ministry of Justice and Judiciary affairs of Federal Government of Somalia have established this special Department for ATJ in order to address the access-to-justice crisis in the criminal and civil justice system. ATJ’s mission is to help the justice system efficiently deliver outcomes that are fair and accessible to all. ATJ staff works within the ministry, across federal agencies, and with state, local, and tribal justice system stakeholders to increase access to counsel and legal assistance and to improve the justice delivery systems that serve people who are unable to afford lawyers. ATJ department of the ministry is guided by the following values:

  • Promoting Accessibility by eliminating barriers that prevent people from understanding and exercising their rights.
  • Ensuring Fairness by delivering fair and just outcomes for all parties, including those facing financial and other disadvantages.
  • Increasing Efficiency by fully bringing fair and just outcomes effectively, without waste or duplication

Department Sections:

  • Legal Aid and legal Awareness
  • Alternative dispute Resolutions (ADR)
  • Child Protection &
  • Public complaints and legal Advisory Office

Department has number of ongoing activities including Coordination of legal Aid provision and providing legal Awareness to the Public, running functional ADR centers and considerate with the maximization of child protection issues. These activities are supported by UNDP, UNICEF and IDLO

  • Alternative dispute Resolutions (ADR)

The Dispute Alternative Resolution unit is part of Access to Justice Department of the ministry of justice. The mission of Alternative Dispute Resolution unit is to develop policy and to promote the effective use of alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) processes, Promote  access  to  justice of the   informal  justice  system  to  offer  a  variety  of approaches  and  options  to empowered    citizens to  find  a satisfactory dispute resolution for  their conflicts.

Unit has three functional ADR operational centers in the districts of Hamar-jajab, Karan and Hodan to solve disputes between communities and to promote role of law and access to justice providing ADR services to the vulnerable people those have not good confidence to court rule


 Hotline Numbers:-

  1. +2521 86616 – Hamar-jajab ADR Center
  2. +2521 641458 – Karan ADR Center
  3. +2521 850195 – Hodan ADR Center



  • Child protection and juvenile justice

Child protection and juvenile justice unit of the Ministry of justice is under ATD of the ministry. The main goal of the unit is to make sure that children in conflict with law has provided to their basic needs through proper care, protection, development, treatment, social re-integration, by adopting a child-friendly approach and disposal of matters in the best interest of children and for their rehabilitation through process provided and institutions and bodies established under the Act.

Unit works how can Every child in conflict with the law obtain the its rights including Humane treatment ,No corporal punishment, Separation from adult criminals, if detained , Access to legal assistance , Bail and release on recognizance , Privacy , Diversion, if qualified , and  Proportionate judgment .