From October 26 to 28, the World Bank's Justice for the Poor (J4P) program convened an international workshop on state-supported community justice systems in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
The workshop built on the on-going Justice Delivered Locally project of the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs of Solomon Islands and brought together practitioners, academics and government officials from Africa, East Asia and the Pacific working on or in areas relevant to state-supported community justice systems. Special attention was paid to ensuring gender balanced participation. Participants discussed characteristics of legitimate and effective state-supported community justice systems including flexibility in decision making, ways to incorporate custom into the justice system, gender-responsive approaches to address concerns of women users and decision-makers, and mechanisms to enhance community ownership.
The workshop was supported by the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, the World Bank’s South-South Experience Exchange Facility, and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
For more information or questions on the workshop please contact Peter Chapman.