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.