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This booklet examines the history of and problems and challenges for community courts which operate at the township level in South Africa. Community courts are now are located in townships, they convene in the evening and on weekends, they are close to where people live, and individuals do not need a lawyer to use the courts. Their main aim is to solve problems between individuals, within families, and among community members. Problems and challenges for community courts are discussed. Current initiatives to make community courts more efficient and acceptable include dispute resolution and referral skills and mediation.