UN Joint Programme: Enhancing Access to Justice and Development of a Child-Friendly Justice System in Georgia

Summary

 A kindergarten child in Dvani, Shida Kartli region of Georgia. 2014. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Enhancing Access to Justice and Development of a Child-friendly Justice System in Georgia is a joint initiative of the European Union and two UN agencies in Georgia: United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with UNICEF serving as an Administrative Agent.

The programme is funded by the European Union based on the Financing Agreement on "Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Georgia" signed between Georgia and the European Union in May 2015. 

What We Do

The project aims to consolidate the independence, professionalism and efficiency of the judiciary and strengthen access to justice through the creation of a more effective system of justice for children based on a dedicated regulatory framework and implementation mechanism, improved institutional capacities of the Ministry of Justice and other major justice stakeholders and the greater independence and effectiveness of the legal profession and legal aid system with greater use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

The main policy documents against which the progress will be measured include: the Criminal Justice Reform Strategy (CJRS) and its Action Plan (AP) (adopted in 2005 and updated systematically on annual basis), Strategy on Reforming the Justice System for Children (revised in March 2014), Strategy on Prevention of Juvenile Crime (adopted in 2012, revised in 2015), the National Human Rights Strategy 2014-2020 (NHRS) and its Action Plan (AP) (adopted in 2014).  

The overall objective of this project is to enhance capacities of judiciary and government institutions and representatives of legal profession to promote access to justice for all and to establish a coherent and child-friendly justice system for children in Georgia. 

Specific objectives of this project are to:

  • Support access to justice through promoting more independent and effective legal profession, legal aid system and greater application of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (ADRs)
  • Promote and support the establishment of an effective system of justice for children by dedicated regulatory framework and implementation mechanisms.   

Some major results in 2016



  • The strategy of the Legal Aid Service of Georgia (LAS), especially of the Chapter on Legal Aid of Criminal Justice, has been upgraded to meet the emerging needs of the institution and respond to the growing requirements of its customers.
  • The electronic system, CaseBank, has been introduced in the Legal Aid Service to increase efficiency of case management.
  • Support was provided to the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) and its Training Centre to upgrade training curricula and develop a concept of School of Advocates.  
  • 1,450 lawyers, including the GBA and LAS lawyers, have been trained in civil, criminal, administrative and human rights law.
  • The public awareness campaign on Alternative Dispute Resolution – mediation and arbitration in Georgia was carried in September – December 2016 involving a range of the national media.
  • The draft Law on Mediation has been developed by a working group led by the UNDP and was submitted to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) for final review and submission to the Parliament of Georgia.
  • The research on traditional mediation in Georgia has been carried and published in November 2016.
  • In November 2016, Tbilisi hosted an international conference Tbilisi Mediation Days attended by prominent experts and practitioners from six countries.
  • The Georgian International Arbitration Centre (GIAC) received assistance in strengthening professional cooperation with international arbitration bodies, such as the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, and in conducting an international conference Tbilisi Arbitration Days in December 2016. 
  • The first ever Arbitration Glossary in Georgian was prepared and published in December 2016.
Publications
  • Arbitration Glossary. 2016
    Mar 10, 2017

    The Arbitration Glossary systematises and explains arbitration-related terminology used by legal professionals in Georgia and provides information resource for Georgian lawyers and arbitrators.

  • Mediation in Georgia: From Tradition to Modernity. 2016
    Mar 13, 2017

    The study examines the tradition of mediation in Georgia based on historic overviews and cases from the mountainous regions of Svaneti, Khevsureti, Pshavi and Abkhazia.

Who finances it

Total Budget: EUR 3,333,333
European Union EUR 3,000,000
United Nations EUR    333,333

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