Open day for justice services in Erbil

Dec 7, 2011


During an open day ceremony held at the Erbil Investigative Court today, the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union provided information on their support to the Kurdistan Judiciary, and in particular to the Erbil Investigative Court.

These activities are part of the UNDP programme "Support to the Rule of Law and Justice in Iraq" which is generously funded by the European Union. The programme includes the provision of legal training for judicial staff, the establishment of an electronic case management system, the establishment of a legal library and research unit, and the implementation of a legal help desk in the Erbil Investigative Court. So far, the help desk has assisted more than 750 vulnerable persons to receive free legal advice by lawyers employed under the legal assistance scheme.

During the ceremony, the Head of the Kurdish Judicial Council Ahmed Abdulla Zubai formally launched an awareness raising campaign aimed at increasing people’s understanding of their legal rights and informing them about how the justice system works.

"Today's event shows our strong commitment to supporting Rule of Law and Human Rights in Iraq" said Jobst Von Kirchmann, Head of Cooperation for the European Union in Iraq "Through this campaign we hope to encourage more Iraqi people from all social backgrounds to benefit from the court systems" he added.

This is part of a nation-wide campaign which aims to promote transparent justice and increased use of Courts in Iraq. Using television, radio and other mass media tools the campaign provides information on legal rights and how Iraqi courts work, with the aim being to encourage citizens to feel comfortable approaching the courts to resolve disputes.

"We are confident that the support which has been provided in Kurdistan will contribute to a more responsive, effective and accountable justice system throughout Iraq" said Peter Batchelor UNDP Country Director in Iraq. "The Rule of Law and Justice Programme would not have been possible without the substantial support of the European Union. We are grateful for their vital contribution to developing Iraq’s legal institutions" he added.

Contact Information

Ms. Juliette Touma, UNDP Iraq,, +962-79-826-34-37

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