Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

UN Entity Layer: 
Functional Commissions

The Commission guides the activities of the United Nations in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. It also reviews United Nations standards and norms in this area, including their use and application by Member States. It takes action through resolutions and decisions. The Commission acts as the governing body of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It approves the budget of theUnited Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Fund,which provides resources for promoting technical assistance in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice worldwide.

Guidelines for addressing women's rights

States should take applicable and appropriate measures to ensure the right of women to access legal aid, including:

(a) Introducing an active policy of incorporating a gender perspective into all policies, laws, procedures, programmes and practices relating to legal aid to ensure gender equality and equal and fair access to justice;

(b) Taking active steps to ensure that, where possible, female lawyers are available to represent female defendants, accused and victims;

(c) Providing legal aid, advice and court support services in all legal proceedings to female victims of violence in order to ensure access to justice and avoid secondary victimization and other such services, which may include the translation of legal documents where requested or required.

Source: Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Contact information 

For further information, please visit the official Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice website.