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Working groups

Overview

Due to the breadth of the reform program; working groups are extensions of the Technical Committee that offer in-depth consideration that will otherwise not be possible in the Technical Committee. Working Groups do not have decision making powers- They report to the Technical Committee for decisions related to resource allocation and management.

The Technical Committee will largely operate through four WGs as follows i) Access to Justice Civil subdivided into three sub committees
• Civil main
• Land justice
• Family justice

  • Access to Justice Criminal
  • Human Rights and Accountability;
  • Budget working group;
  • Transitional Justice Working Group

All chairpersons of working groups will be selected by the Technical Committee from its membership, while alternate chairpersons of each WG will be determined annually by members of each WG. Membership will be selected as follows:

To the extent possible, each JLOS institution will nominate at least two suitable representatives to each WG. One will be a senior technical person knowledgeable in the thematic area and an alternate.

CSOs and private sector bodies will nominate suitable representatives to the WG(s) deemed relevant

The Technical Advisors in the Secretariat will support the working groups in accordance with their respective portfolio.

Key Responsibilities of working groups include;

  • Carry out delegated role of TC;
  • Maintain focus on pro-poor, low cost initiatives, vulnerable groups,conflict/ post-conflict affected areas;
  • Monitor and evaluate progress of JLOS sector work plans towardsachievement of sector-wide objectives;
  • Recommend relevant changes to SIP III implementation activities, asnecessary;
  • Respond to issues raised by the TC, SC and LC;
  • Continually seek to mainstream cross-cutting issues in all activities(Poverty, Gender, Conflict, HIV-AIDS, Environment); Benchmark JLOS
  • against other successful sectors/models; Sector publicity;
  • Lobby MoFPED for better funding of the sector); and
  • Develop annual work plans and budgets;

The Working Groups will meet at least once a month.