USAID Launches New Program to Strengthen Georgia’s Courts, Expand Access to Justice

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Friday, January 14, 2022

USAID/Georgia will partner with Georgia’s parliament, courts, judges, civil society, and universities to help build a more independent, effective, and accountable judicial system that ensures access to justice for all Georgian citizens.

USAID/Georgia announced the USAID Rule of Law Program, a new five-year initiative designed to help Georgia strengthen its justice system by consolidating and building upon past judicial reforms. Through 2026, USAID will help build a culture of engagement between Georgia’s courts and respective communities, considerably expand partnerships with regional courts, judges, and legal professionals working at the sub-national levels, and increase peer-to-peer learning and in-court mentoring between Georgian and American legal professionals. The program, which will be implemented by the East-West Management Institute, aims to shift the focus of justice reform from one oriented toward traditional institution-building activities to one that is more people-centered, focusing on citizens’ access to justice and interactions with judicial institutions.

“USAID’s strategy for supporting Georgia’s development has three main objectives: building resilience; promoting citizen-centered democratic processes; and advancing inclusive economic growth. The rule of law is crucial to achieving each of those objectives,” said USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler. 

“Our new program will strengthen the rule of law by promoting independence, effectiveness, and accountability in Georgia’s courts. We will also increase access to justice, especially among women, persons with disabilities, and ethnic and religious minorities, and advance legal education in Georgia’s universities.”

Building Partnerships with Georgian Civil Society and Academia

The USAID Rule of Law Program recognizes that further progress toward strengthening the rule of law – an important building block of democratic and economic development – requires the contributions of a broad group of stakeholders. In addition to working closely with courts, bar association, other justice sector institutions and legal professionals, USAID will create new partnerships with civil society aimed at promoting best practices, introducing innovative processes and tools, and implementing other forms of activities to enhance the accountability and effectiveness of core justice institutions.

 

Last updated: August 08, 2022

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