Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and Action Plan
The overall objective of Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) is an initiative aimed at strengthening the rule of law and developing secure environment for the community as a whole by:
- reducing the incidence of crime and delivering justice for all in line with the international human rights standards;
- increasing access to justice and assistance to victims of the crime;
- ensuring fair, speedy and equal procedure for persons charged with the crime;
- punishing guilty, while preventing them from re-offending;
- reducing prison overcrowding through use of pre and post trial alternatives;
- addressing the causes of the crime and providing appropriate community supervision, rehabilitation and reintegration of persons who committed the crime;
Strategy underlines the challenges existing in criminal justice spheres and aims to develop comprehensive sectoral approach to such complex issues as juvenile justice, prison overcrowding, system of alternatives, development of linkage between penitentiary and probation, importance of the National Preventive Mechanism under OPCAT and proper implementation of the new Criminal Procedure Code of Georgia.
The New Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and its respective Action Plan comprises following chapters:
- Criminal Legislation
- Juvenile Justice
- Penal System Reform
- Legal Aid Service
- Legal Education
- Office of the Public Defender
Criminal Justice Reform Strategy and the Action Plan have been adopted by the Criminal Justice Reform Council on 27th of July 2009. It represents a guiding policy document that was adopted by the Council through the active involvement of all relevant stakeholders and NGO sector.
The Strategy and Action Plan are living documents and respectively are updated on yearly basis if necessary. Its respective parts have been already renewed in 2010 and 2011 as well as in 2013 in cooperation with the Working Groups of the Council.
The initial Strategy and Action Plan was adopted and approved by the President of Georgia in 2005. The Strategy and respective Action Plan was revised in 2009 and since then, as noted above, it is updated on yearly basis and available in online regime on at CJR Council website http://www.justice.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=255