FWLD - Working for Non-Discrimination and Equality

Access to Justice

Justice, just like life, education and health, has become a person’s indispensable need. Justice has been established as a person’s natural right. Hence, no one can be abstained or objected from seeking justice. Without justice peace cannot be imagined of. Therefore, it is the duty of nation as well as every other person to make justice simple, accessible, quick and trustworthy.

It is important for persons or bodies engaged in dispute resolution, parties to the dispute and each bodies of state to continue putting effort into making dispute resolution process easy, inexpensive, quick and accessible for all. Special priority and concession must be given to a party who cannot have access to justice due to physical, mental, social and financial reasons. The tendency to misuse legal procedure or the act of delaying justice must be discouraged.

No obstruction should be created or no rejection should be made in regard to easy access to justice of anyone.

Interim constitution of Nepal 2007 has ensured the right to fair justice as fundamental right of people. Ensuring justice is fundamental to maintain security and stability in any society, especially in a post-conflict context such as that of Nepal. Nepal is still in a transitional period, and thus continues to be victim to political instability. Therefore, ensuring justice to bring security and stability are extremely pressing needs at the moment.

With aim of strengthening the effectiveness, inclusivity, and accountability of the formal justice sector in responding to the needs of the Nepali people including vulnerable and marginalized group. FWLD has been conducting various programs in Jumla, Banke and Mahottari Some of the initiatives in this regard are: .

Formation of Justice Facilitation Group (JFG)

FWLD formed a JFG in Jumla, Mahottari and Banke. JFG comprises of the members of representative from formal and informal justice providers and is governing body of district level program. Every three month they hold the secretariat meeting and discuss about the issues related to increment of access to justice to all.

Enhancing and building up capacity of informal justice providers

FWLD also provides training to informal justice providers such as paralegal, community mediation and traditional group such as Muslim Maulan; Budhar from Tharu community and other traditional justice providersin collaboration with JFG. Along with this, they are also provided with refresher training when necessary.

District Level Dialogues with concerned stakeholders

FWLD facilitates dialogueson the emerging issues of justice amongst stakeholders such as formal justice providers, quasi judicial bodies and informal justice providers to create an enabling environment for making justice accessible.

Publication of IEC materials

Various IEC materials related to the Justice are also prepared in this regard.

Legal Counseling

FWLD has also been working as legal counselor for PHECT Nepal by providing a lawyer in order to fulfill its advocacy commitment i.e. advocacy against gender based discrimination. The lawyer is stationed at  Kirtipur and is responsible for providing legal counseling to victims of gender based violence, providing counseling on issues of citizenship rights and rights of senior citizens as well. The lawyer also gives classes on legal on constitutional rights regarding those issues to the service seekers as well.