USAID's Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project supports and strengthens the judiciary as an independent yet equal branch of government, and improves Georgia’s commercial law system. Activities aim to improve the process by which judges are appointed, trained and disciplined to increase their independence and professionalism. The project also further strengthens the state free legal aid system and the legal NGO community, and increases public understanding of the role of the judiciary. It contributes to improvement of legal education both for legal students and for practicing attorneys in Georgia. Finally, the project streamlines procedures for handling commercial cases and enforcing commercial judgments. It began in October 2010 and will close October 2014 and is implemented by the East West Management Institute.
Georgia’s October 2012 parliamentary election radically changed the legal reform environment in Georgia. Many of the seeds planted by USAID’s Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project (JILEP) implemented by East West Management Institute in the old reform environment, seeds expected to bring about incremental growth in judicial independence, blossomed in the new reform environment and begun producing profound results.
Last updated: September 11, 2013