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Programme for Integrity, Independence and Accountability in Judiciary

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OUR WORK ON JUDICIARY

What’s at stake?

Either comprising only judges, or both judges, prosecutors and other officials, judiciary is perceived in

most of the countries as the last remedy to inequalities, human rights violations and abuses against

the most vulnerable.

But when judicial independence hides political interests or corruption, it ruins people`s lives and

undermines democracy and rule of law.

To ensure a fair adjudication of each and every case, judiciary has to be independent, accountable

and act with integrity.

What we’re doing about it

WE ENCOURAGE PEOPE AND PRACTITIONERS TO DEMAND INDEPENDENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

OF THE JUDICIARY

We have identified 40 international documents setting over 110 standards and requirements for an

independent, accountable and acting with integrity judiciary, and compiled them into a comprehensive

document. We published the practical guide in August 2015 to serve as a reference framework to

judicial officials and decision makers for consolidating integrity, where require. National civil society

and international partners can equally use them as benchmarks against which to keep judiciaries ac-

countable.

WE ENGAGE JUSTICES INTO MAKING NEW EVIDENCE AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE

We have identified two typologies in judiciary`s failures to ensure justice for all. Those generated by

systemic vulnerabilities that allow corruption to affect judiciary itself, and legal and practical gaps or

loopholes that hinder the normal flow of corruption cases through prosecution and adjudication, leav-

ing the afflicted with no answer.

To enhance knowledge, national research is undertaken to engage practitioners into identifying

specific causes and formulate appropriate redress from inside the system. We look towards peer to

peer engagement to enhance trust in judiciary and improve its performance.

WE INFLUENCE POLICY

Build on the existing and newly available knowledge we work together with our international, regional

and national partners to scale up on the governments` and donors` agenda the importance of

independent and accountable judiciaries to safeguard human rights, rule of law and democracy, and to

curb corruption.