In April 2012, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI)—with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development—began to implement a four-year program to support the modernization of the Kazakhstani judicial system and to increase public trust in that system. ABA ROLI is cooperating with several local partners, including the Supreme Court, the Union of Judges and the Institute of Justice, to enhance judges’ knowledge and to promote the application of best practices in judicial decision writing, to encourage the use of alternative dispute resolution methods and to help boost resources available for the country’s judges.
Continuing its efforts, ABA ROLI is undertaking a public awareness campaign on mediation and on new and innovative legal provisions, especially with the passage of new criminal and criminal procedure codes in July 2014. The campaign employs a variety of user-friendly tools—including leaflets and public service announcements—to foster public discussion of key legal developments and to increase citizens’ familiarity with the legal sector.
Additionally, ABA ROLI, with funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, implements a regional court monitoring program in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.