The project aims to help Georgia consolidate the independence, professionalism and efficiency of the judiciary and strengthen access to justice for all citizens through the following activities:
- Create a more effective system of justice for children based on a dedicated regulatory framework and implementation mechanism.
- Improve institutional capacities of the Ministry of Justice, Legal Aid Service, Georgian Bar Association and the other major justice stakeholders.
- Promote a greater independence and effectiveness of the legal profession.
- Promote the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms - mediation and arbitration.
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 the 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.