The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) supports the ongoing efforts of the Supreme Court and the Ministry of Justice, to increase the demand for the rule of law in the Kyrgyz Republic and improve access to justice and legal information for the most vulnerable populations with a focus on victims of domestic violence.

Increased Understanding of the Roles and Function of an Independent Judiciary and its Value as Cornerstone of a Democratic Society

CGP conducts outreach activities to increase understanding of the roles and functions of the judiciary system by organizing lectures for secondary school students; training journalists in accurate reporting and preparing articles on judicial issues; and organizing public discussions and disseminating media materials among vulnerable populations, professionals and the general public.

Increased Access to Justice with a Focus on the Most Vulnerable Citizens

CGP collaborates with the Ministry of Justice to increase access to justice and legal information for vulnerable groups through: a) support to the Ministry of Justice in establishing regional Free Legal Aid Centers (FLAC) and strengthening their capacity to provide legal services; b) support for improvements of the Ministry of Justice sponsored online map of legal service providers; and c) organize public outreach activities to raise the awareness of the population on the available resources for receiving legal aid and legal information.

To date, CGP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, established four FLACs in the towns of Isfana and Kadamjai of Batken Oblast, and in Jalal-Abad city and Bazar Korgon village of Jalal Abad Oblast.

Increased Use of the Website with Access to Judicial Decisions and Other Court Information

CGP collaborates with the Supreme Court on increasing the use and value of the website, where all court decisions are placed, by raising the awareness of the general public, vulnerable groups, and professionals who use such data in their work.

Legal Assistance Grants (LAGs)

CGP provides Legal Assistance Grants (LAG) to support oblast-level civil society organizations that provide basic legal support services/information to vulnerable populations, with a focus on victims of domestic violence, including strengthening the accountability and interaction between local self-governments, civil society organizations and law enforcement agencies to adopt mechanisms (municipal services) that prevent and reduce domestic violence and ensure social and legal support to women-victims.