State and non-state justice systems in Nepal

A review of existing relevant laws and policies from a civil society perspective

This review looks at existing justice policies and processes governing the justice sector in Nepal, including operational processes of key informal mechanisms. It is part of an ongoing initiative which seeks to improve access to justice – particularly by poor, vulnerable and marginalised groups and communities – by strengthening linkages and coordination between Nepali state and non-state justice actors. It also aims to increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities of the state and non-state justice sector, supporting non-state justice actors to act in a way which respects human rights and upholds the principle of gender equality, and building and strengthening relationships between state and non-state justice providers.