Support to JLOS - Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program
The Justice Law and Order Sector (JLOS) brings together 17 institutions with a common vision to promote rule of law in Uganda and to implement the third Strategic Investment Plan (SIP III) which is supported by the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC).
The Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, national laws and SIP III recognize the role of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). The formal legal system faces challenges of lengthy, protracted and complex legal procedures that alienate the majority of the population and result in a slow and laborious dispute resolution system. The focus especially in the civil justice system and land and family matters is towards diversion of disputes to ADR processes that can foster amicable settlement of disputes and reconciliation of the parties, in addition to reducing the lead time of determining cases, increasing productivity of judges and reducing costs of dispute resolution.
This program is intended to promote equal access to justice through the establishment of an effective and cost efficient ADR system. It will be implemented by a multi-institutional team, headed by the Judiciary with support from the JLOS Secretariat. Targeted institutions are the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Judicial Service Commission, Uganda Human Rights Commission and Uganda Law Society.
The project is expected to deliver the following results:
1. Clear and consistent rules and gender sensitive procedures for ADR established;
2. Increased access to ADR services (incl. training for 475 staff in the targeted institutions in skills required for the effective delivery of gender sensitive ADR services to create a pool of mediators and conciliators and enhance the ability of support staff in record keeping, data collection and customer service);
3. Enhanced use of ADR services;
4. A Division for mediation in the Judiciary and harmonized structures across JLOS institutions established.