Enhancing judicial personnel capacities for improved access to justice

About the project

A number of factors, such as high level of illiteracy, lack of awareness of rights, lack of infrastructure, access to courts, lack of adequate legal aid and complex court procedures all play a part in hampering access to justice in Bhutan, especially by vulnerable populations.

A recent survey of those availing services of the (formal and informal) justice system in Bhutan found satisfactuin with the court system performance, however, nearly a fifth of the adult population does not have adequate awareness of their rights and duties and the court procedures relating to their justice needs.

Project outline

UNDP works with UNICEF and UN Women to support capacity development in ensuring democratic governance and rule of law. In 2013, the focus is on continued judicial training for judicial personnel to improve the court management and legal skills by legal personnel and judges, as well as registrars and bench clerks.

A symposium will take place to address the Constitution and Human Rights for High Court and Supreme Court Justices.  As part of UNW’s mandate to promote gender, human rights and access to justice, it will support Bhutan National Legal Institute (BNLI) on training on Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism with the vision of promoting community harmony and peace in line with the principle of Gross National Happiness philosophy. Further, dissemination of the research findings of the NCWC Women in Politics study, research findings of the Violence Against Women study and orientation on the newly passed Domestic Prevention Violence Act will continue to take place.

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