Rule of law

Chief justice Evans Gicheru (extreme right) with high court judges during an open day for judiciary at Nairobiís Kenyatta International Conference Centre

Our objective is to support Commonwealth countries in upholding the rule of law. We work with member countries to develop legal, judicial and constitutional reform and strengthen both legal and regulatory frameworks. We also assist in the negotiation of international and regional agreements which impact on human and economic and development.

The administration of justice is fundamental in all democratic societies. We help improve it by working with courts, correctional services, police forces and other bodies central to delivering justice.

Our work often requires collaboration with specific or specialised sectors of the legal profession, judiciary, academic or other institutions. This cross-sector work allows us to achieve holistic solutions to problems.

Our projects assist government officials and members of judiciaries. For example, the Secretariat worked with Zambia and Zanzibar to develop a Court Handbook to help professionalise the administration of justice. These handbooks set down the precise procedures for court personnel to follow. This assists in preventing lost files and delays in the preparation of documentation. In turn  this leads to efficient court staff, who can provide better service and advice.

We are also developing best practice for law enforcement officers and lawyers who work on counterfeiting and piracy. This will allow a coordinated and inclusive approach to enforcement. Such inclusiveness will allow brand owners to work closely with government officials to combat the growing problem of counterfeiting and piracy. We have also played a significant role in the establishment of training courses in legislative drafting for the African and Caribbean regions.

Strengthening the Rule of Law