This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
The CRC has been ratified by Bhutan, but it does not appear to form part of its national law. Moreover, the courts do not cite or refer to the provisions of the Convention. Cases on behalf of children must be brought in their name by a family member through a guardian or a jambi (qualified Bhutanese law practitioner). Legal aid is available to any person who is unable to secure justice by reason of economic or other disabilities and the courts may waive fees associated with filing a case for indigent plaintiffs.