Terms of Use


  1. The African Legal Centre (“ALC”) maintains this website (“ALC website”) to enhance free public access to legal information from around the African continent. Our mission is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. Where possible, the ALC website only publishes publicly available content.
  2. Information on the ALC website is: (1) not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date; (2) sometimes linked to external sites over which the ALC has no control and for which the ALC assumes no responsibility; and (3) not professional or legal advice (if you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional).
  3. The ALC, its members and its staff and its contractors shall not be liable for any financial or other consequences whatsoever arising from the use of information or data contained on the ALC website, including the inappropriate, improper or fraudulent use of such information or data.
  4. The ALC does not invite reliance upon, nor accept responsibility for, the information it provides on the ALC website. The ALC makes every effort to provide a high quality service. However, neither the ALC, nor the providers of data on the ALC website, give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness or up-to-date nature of the information provided. Users of the ALC website (“users”) should confirm information from another source if it is of sufficient importance for them to do so.
  5. Hyperlinks on the ALC website are (in most cases) inserted by the ALC, not by the data providers. Automated insertion of hyperlinks on the ALC website means that links will not be comprehensive or accurate in all cases. Neither the ALC nor its providers of data, give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties concerning hyperlinks on the ALC website.


  1. All content on the ALC website, unless expressly indicated otherwise, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported license. Subsequent external publication of content on the website must be attributed to the author and to the ALC and is not permitted for commercial purposes. Find out more about Creative Commons.
  2. Subject to the following paragraph and the stated conditions pertaining to prohibited use of legal materials published on the ALC website, such as legislation, regulations and decisions, including editorial enhancements inserted into the documents by the ALC, such as hyperlinks and information in headers and footers, all content on the ALC website can be copied, printed and distributed by users free of charge and without any other authorisation from the ALC, provided that the author and the ALC are identified as the sources of the document.
  3. Use of legal materials published by the ALC on the ALC website can be subject to additional conditions set by courts and government bodies claiming intellectual property rights relating to the documents. The ALC makes an effort to indicate the existence of additional conditions on the pages of the relevant databases, but users remain responsible for checking whether their use of the documents is authorised.


Information concerning usage of the ALC website

  1. The ALC, through Google Analytics, collects information which identifies, for each page and post accessed on the ALC website, the network identity and IP address of the machine which has accessed it. The ALC retains this usage information for purposes of network analysis, usage analysis, and research into usage patterns for the purpose of improving ALC services. Access to and use of this information is restricted to ALC management and staff, and to researchers working on ALC projects and is subject to an agreement to adhere to these Terms of Use.
  2. The ALC does not disclose or publish information which identifies individual machines, or potentially identifying sub-groupings of addresses, without consent. The ALC does publish aggregated information about usage patterns.
  3. The ALC reserves the right to gather more extensive information than stated above: (i) about any attempted access to the website which raises security issues (and, where necessary, to make disclosures to relevant authorities); and (ii) for network analyses on an occasional basis.

Personal information contained in the ALC database

  1. The ALC publishes comprehensive collections of court decisions with the consent of the public bodies concerned. The electronic dissemination of judgments is in concordance with the open court principle, instituted to ensure the impartiality and transparency of the judicial process by allowing access to the record of judicial proceedings, including judgments. Therefore, the ALC operates on the core principle that all people and organizations should be provided with free, unconditional and unrestricted access to basic legal materials.
  2. Some ALC databases contain personal information included in the decisions of Courts and Tribunals.
  3. The ALC undertakes to monitor and delete from published judgments personal information as directed by law or a specific court order. The ALC retains the right to remove personal information from judgments at its discretion where this is possible without distorting the meaning and context of the document.
  4. It is hereby expressly stated that the ALC performs automated monitoring and, where necessary, de-identification of judgments prior to publication and does not guarantee that all sensitive material has been correctly de-identified. Should you have concerns over personal information published on the ALC website, please contact us.
  5. Users should note that there are legal limitations on the use, publication and dissemination of some personal information contained in the ALC databases. It is the responsibility of users to comply with the laws applicable in the country from which they access the ALC website.

Right to amend this privacy and security statement

We reserve the right to amend this privacy and security statement at any time. All amendments to this privacy and security statement will be posted on the website. Unless otherwise stated, the current version shall supersede and replace all previous versions of this privacy statement.

At the time and date of accessing the ALC website, users agree to above-stated Terms of Use.

If you have any comments or suggestions in relation to this policy, please contact us.