Through the USAID Rule of Law Stabilization Program-Formal Component in Afghanistan, Tetra Tech helped make Afghanistan’s formal justice system more accessible, reliable, and fair. Key activities included enhancing the court administration and case management capacity of the Supreme Court and local courts; strengthening the nascent anti-corruption tribunal and anti-corruption panels; supporting training of judges, particularly those that are new to the bench; improving standards of judicial performance; assisting with judicial inspection tours; and implementing mobile court programs. The project also worked with the Faculties of Law and Shari'a on implementation of the core curriculum and development of legal skills training, including moot court and law clinics. This legal education component was instrumental in creating a cadre of Afghan lawyers that have the much-needed professional competencies and legal skills that are critical to the development of a vibrant civil society.
Another key project activity was the launching of public awareness and education programs, which helped to develop the capacity of the Supreme Court, Ministry of Justice, and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission to carry out their own strategic communications to publicize initiatives that protect citizens' security and well-being.
The overall goal was to instill confidence in Afghan citizens that the justice system is fair and accessible and to encourage them to resolve their disputes by accessing and asserting their rights through the courts.
WHAT OTHERS SAY...
"[Tetra Tech] is an excellent company with whom to work and USAID has been extremely satisfied with their work, which has been and continues to be above and beyond the expected. I recommend them without hesitation."
-Jill Gulliksen, USAID