Access to Justice

Destination Justice believes that existing and effective mechanisms of access to justice are fundamental in the assessment of democratic governance a society beholds. We firmly believe that in this process not only authorities have the duty to provide the adequate structural and legal framework but that civil and private actors also bear the responsibility in promoting and cooperating towards a context of accountability which can only benefit the overall society.[Get in touch]

Strengthen the legal system by assisting duty bearers

Access to Justice is foremost and essentially attainable when those individuals holding positions of responsibility can efficiently and in a knowledgeable manner deliver the required legal and judicial outputs to its constituents. Building the capacity and reliability of the administrations will set a constructive and positive dynamic not only among officials but in their interaction with the population. By experiencing first hand progress in the community they represent, duty bearers will feel encouraged to further pursue goals that have a direct impact on the society. Enhanced direct involvement and participation on deliverables will certainly raise a sense of ownership regarding the final outcomes of different initiatives and foster their sustainability.

Support to the justice stakeholders

A wide array of significant private actors as well as the civil society are essential in the pursuit of a responsive and transparent justice sector. Facilitating their active participation and stronger influence in the various access to justice processes is not only a formula that promotes the checks and balances in rapid and changing developing environments but also reduces the risk of their alienation in important policy, legal and judicial developments. By entitling stakeholders to a certain degree of relevance, accountability channels with the authorities that engage the justice system will certainly be favoured.

Facilitate international buy-in

The international community promotes and calls for the application of universal standards or practices across all countries members to it. It therefore holds the duty to seek all possible ways in communicating and implementing its recommendations within particular contexts. Helping those world institutions to approach in practical ways both the duty bearers and the justice stakeholders is a two-way process where all participating parties can therefore benefit.

Promote Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms

An effective, fair and neutral judicial system is key for the promotion of rule of law in any political and social environment. The existence of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms not only can facilitate the effectiveness of the judiciary by alleviating its caseload but, by enhancing the overall awareness that disputes can be resolved in alternative ways, it can also foster a more harmonious community. The advantages of established ADR services at community level, such as their low cost, comprehensive approach and higher level of trust, enable more disadvantaged groups and individuals to seek solutions to their disputes.

How?

  • Development of accessible legal information
  • Strengthen the capacity of authorities through specific trainings
  • Facilitate a network and forum of discussion between government, private actors and civil society
  • Increase awareness in ADR mechanisms

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