Functional review to improve the civil courts in Uzbekistan

Apr 18, 2017

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan hosted an international Round Table entitled ‘Further enhancement of activities of civil courts - priority area of judicial and legal reforms’, organized in the framework of the joint project of the Supreme Court, USAID and UNDP ‘Rule of Law partnership in Uzbekistan’.

Along with foreign experts and international organizations’ representatives, specialists of the Supreme Court, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Ministry of Justice, Institute for Monitoring of Current Legislation under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Judicial Department, Chamber of lawyers, as well as scientists and researchers in law participated in the event.

A key goal of the Round Table was to discuss the latest democratic reforms implemented in the framework of judicial and legal reform, exchange views on the conducted Functional Review of Civil Courts of Uzbekistan with the participation of foreign experts.

Special attention was paid to the Results of Functional Review, conducted in the framework of ‘Rule of Law partnership in Uzbekistan’. It is noteworthy that international consultant from Serbia was attracted to develop Methodology and Final Report of the Functional Review.

Reporters gave detailed information about the main goals and tasks of the Functional Review, noted the necessary conditions for its conduct, made recommendations and reported the possibilities of implementing it into practice.

Participants highly appreciated ongoing in our country reforms to ensure the rule of law, radically improve the structure and efficiency of the judicial system, and strengthen the genuine independence of the judiciary.

It was emphasized that reforming and liberalization of the judicial branch of government is one of the important priority area of Action Strategy of development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in 2017-2021. Effective measures in this direction are also reflected in the State Program ‘The Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests’.

Reference: Functional Review is used as an assessment instrument, as well as self-assessment of the effectiveness of government bodies. Its main task is to identify the compliance of certain functions and tasks identified in the regulations of ministries, agencies, law-enforcement and judicial bodies with real-world tasks, the similarity or duplication of the activities of particular units within or between organizations, as well as development of recommendations for restructuring, increasing the effectiveness of their activities.