Kazakhstan’s Supreme Court has taken recent steps to modernize and to increase transparency and oversight over the country’s legal system. With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) began a new program in April 2012 to strengthen the independence and accountability of Kazakhstan’s judiciary.
ABA ROLI is partnering with the Supreme Court, the Institute of Justice, the High Judicial Council and the Union of Judges to improve the Supreme Court’s administrative systems and to enhance its managerial capacity. Through the initiative, we will help revise processes and train judges to effectively express judicial decisions in writing. Together with stakeholders, ABA ROLI will develop a judicial decision-writing manual and a court-administration manual. We also will work to increase the transparency of judicial processes and the efficiency of the judiciary’s administrative systems by evaluating and updating the Supreme Court’s management plan and internal procedures.