Increasing Accountability and Transparency of the Judiciary

Judicial accountability and transparency are the counterweights to judicial independence. Implementation recent constitutional amendments related to the judiciary created a solid legal framework for keeping judges accountable by imposing the duty to disclose on an annual basis their financial interests, income, and lifestyle information along with a report on their family members serving in positions in government and judiciary to prevent the conflict of interests on the bench. Increased judicial transparency also contributes to greater public awareness about the judiciary which is a key factor in fostering judicial independence and the rule of law.

Under this objective, the USAID New Justice Program works to increase transparency of the judiciary, while strengthening horizontal accountability of the judiciary to other branches of government, and increasing social accountability to citizens through civil society and the media.