The OAJ was established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 62/228; in accordance with General Assembly 63/253, the new system of administration of justice began functioning on 1 July 2009.

The OAJ is an independent office responsible for the overall coordination of the formal system of administration of justice and for contributing to its functioning in a fair, transparent and efficient manner. It provides substantive, technical and administrative support to the UNDT and UNAT through their Registries; assists staff members and their representatives in pursuing claims and appeals through OSLA and provides assistance through the Office of the Executive Director, as appropriate, to the Internal Justice Council (IJC).

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