The role of Jirgas in Afghanistan's legal system

An Afghan woman, Latifa, from Parwan province spent six months in her local family court trying to get a divorce from her husband.

Her case was handed on to the local Jirga, or council of elders, for a decision even though she was not allowed to be present for the discussion.

In the provinces and the tribal areas - especially in places where there is no judicial representation - property disputes, domestic issues and criminal cases are often dealt with by these local elders and clerical figures.

Karen Zarindast reports.

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