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Just Development Issue 6: "Doing Business" at the Courts - Testing a New Tool Kit for Improving Court Services to the Business Community
  Oct 10, 2014


"Doing Business" at the Courts - Testing a New Tool Kit for Improving Court Services
to the Business Community

An accessible and efficient justice system is essential for sustained economic growth. Specialized courts, and in particular commercial courts, play an important role in ensuring effectiveness in the resolution of commercial disputes. This note seeks to outline the key features of an assessment tool that has been developed and used by the Bank to help the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) assess how court services related to commercial cases are being delivered and assess capacity and other impediments that may hinder more effective services, as well as provide targeted recommendations for improvements that are reflective of internationally accepted good practice standards and the local environment. Based on its success in Abu Dhabi, the tool kit is now being refined for implementation in Cairo and will continue to inform future Bank engagements with justice sector institutions.

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Why Just Development? Because unjust development will not achieve our core goals.  

The Bank Group's strategic goals of eliminating extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity require effective justice institutions to ensure inclusive growth and fairness in distribution, regulation and allocation of resources. New research and practice across the Bank is leading to insights and innovations about how credible justice institutions emerge and how development actors can contribute to them.

Just Development provides a curated series of brief, yet informative and thought provoking, case studies, lessons and essays to share knowledge and stimulate debate on how development practitioners can promote effective justice institutions. Just Development is premised on two key principles:

(1) Justice promotion is not only a matter for the justice sector; mechanisms that govern rights, entitlements and processes of fairness are part and parcel of all development sectors. Our challenge is to break the silos that separate those concerned with 'justice' from those concerned with how markets are regulated, budgets are made to allocate public wealth and services are delivered - across development sectors.

(2) Just development means more than technical solutions. A science of delivery approach to justice requires deep contextual understanding and a flexible and adaptive process to implementation.

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