UNDP and Egyptian Ministry of Justice Partner to Upgrade Family Courts

26 Apr 2014

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UNDP Director, Ignacio Artaza signed with Minister of Justice Naier Othman and Ambassador Omar Abou Eish, Director, Department of International Cooperation for Development in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 23 April, 2014 an agreement that would enhance access to justice through the introduction of the Legal Aid Offices (LAO) in Family Courts and upgrading of the Dispute Settlement mechanism.  

“This project in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice is a concrete demonstration of delivering results on the ground for citizens, especially the poor and the illiterate to access justice and their rights.”   UNDP Director Artaza commented.

The project with a budget of US$806,000, supported by the Government of Sweden, aims to enhance the performance of Family Courts in Egypt, burdened with almost one million family cases annually, through the use of modern information and communications technology to establish the integration within family courts, family prosecution, legal aid offices and Nasser Bank to expedite access of poor women to their alimony.  It will also help stop the marriage for girls who are underage by holding to account the perpetrators of this crime.  This phase of the project is expected to establish the necessary ICT infrastructure in the Family Prosecution and will integrate three main family courts and affiliated 33 sub family courts and Family Prosecution offices and Nasser Bank.

The new partnerships involve the Public Prosecution, the Nasser Bank, the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and the Complaints Office of the National Council for Women.

The “Support to Legal Aid and Dispute Settlement Offices in Family Courts” project is supported by the contribution of the Government of Sweden within the framework of the umbrella UN Joint Programme “Social Economic and Legal Empowerment of Egyptian Women".