Justice

Sector Challenges

Sector Challenges

An independent, fair and effective judicial system, allowing access to justice for all, is the cornerstone of a well-functioning society.

Manifest political interference and vested interest in the judicial system leads to low levels of transparency, reduced institutional trust and a systemic disregard of individual freedoms and international human rights obligations. A lack of legal accountability allows local corruption to undermine economies, diverting resources from where they are needed the most. Systems provide preferential treatment to the rich and powerful and limit minority and marginalised groups’ access to justice, resulting for example in women facing multiple forms of discrimination, violence and sexual harassment without proper protections, or overcrowded prisons full of the poor and vulnerable waiting years for trial.

Practice leader

An independent, fair and effective judicial system, allowing access to justice for all, is the cornerstone of a well-functioning society.

Manifest political interference and vested interest in the judicial system leads to low levels of transparency, reduced institutional trust and a systemic disregard of individual freedoms and international human rights obligations. A lack of legal accountability allows local corruption to undermine economies, diverting resources from where they are needed the most. Systems provide preferential treatment to the rich and powerful and limit minority and marginalised groups’ access to justice, resulting for example in women facing multiple forms of discrimination, violence and sexual harassment without proper protections, or overcrowded prisons full of the poor and vulnerable waiting years for trial.

Socaba Services

A multi-layered approach is required to address the challenges and issues within the justice sector, targeting both state and non-state actors. Unorthodox solutions and partnerships between civil society and public institutions are necessary to respond to the challenges of fragile states. Socaba seeks to contribute to this approach by enhancing the state’s ability (at all levels) to engage in productive partnerships with non-state actors, through:

Collection, assessment and interpretation of data on citizens’ access to justice

Support for state and non-state collaboration to enhance access to justice, and to the establishment of sustainable judicial institutions through trainings and knowledge-sharing

Support to state and non-state actors in the justice sector through both official and unofficial channels of dialogue, as well as training of trainers and arbitration knowledge-sharing

Comprehensive evaluation of the independence, impartiality and efficacy of local judicial systems, including assessment of both state and non-state justice providers

Managerial sustainability and support through administrative and logistical services within the project management cycle

Contribution to sustainable, pragmatic policies building on existing experience and lessons learnt in the justice sector

Social Capital Bank