Support to Justice Sector Reform

Status: Active
Duration: 2011 – 2019
Budget: 1,901,302 USD
Coverage: Republic of Moldova
Beneficiaries: Judicial/forensic experts, judges, prosecutors, trainees of the National Institute of Justice, juvenile detainees, prison staff, legal professionals
Focus Area: Effective Governance
Partners: National Centre of Judicial Expertise, National Institute of Justice, Prosecutor General’s Office, Ministry of Justice
Project Document: Support to Justice Sector Reform:

Project Summary:

Implementation of the Justice Sector Reform is one of the main pre-requisites for Moldova to advance the overall reform process and to achieve compliance with the internationally recognized democratic standards. At the same time, an efficient, transparent and reliable justice system is a precondition for the sustainable development. Started in 2011 as an initiative, meant to assist the Government of the Republic of Moldova to develop and operationalize the Justice Sector Reform Strategy (2011-2016), the Project has gradually shifted from policy formulation to practical implementation of targeted interventions, defined in reform documents, unified by the overall goal of achieving a more efficient, fair, accountable and transparent justice system for the benefit of men and women from Moldova.


The overall objective of the Project is to support the comprehensive justice sector reform in the Republic of Moldova in order to increase the independence, accountability, impartiality, efficiency and transparency of the justice system as a prerequisite for sustainable development.

Expected results:

  • Improved capacities of law enforcement bodies to collect and manage criminal justice data;
  • Strengthened individual and institutional capacities to prevent and combat torture and impunity in prison environment;
  • Improved vocational training environment to increase the chance of re-socialisation and employment of juvenile detainees after release;
  • Policies on fees and taxation of legal services providers formulated and approved;
  • Support to judicial/forensic expertise reform provided;
  • Strengthened professional training capacities of the National Institute of Justice.


  • e-Case system for the registration, record keeping and management of crime related data is operational and ready to be used; proper hardware environment for piloting the system in 6 prosecution offices ensured. The e-Case software solution automates the document management processes, allows an improved monitoring over the deadlines for the assigned tasks/cases, as well as decreases the time spent for generation of statistics by ensuring the direct connection between the input metadata and the output reports;
  • 100 of prison staff members (including 89 men and 11 women) trained on torture and ill-treatment prevention standards in prison environment;
  • Better conditions for vocational training and occupational therapy activities aiming at increasing the rate of successful reintegration of ex-detainees into society created at Goian Prison no. 10 for Juveniles; 26 out of 40 inmates (65%) from Goian Prison for Juveniles participated in behaviour correction programmes in 2015; By using the newly renovated workshop rooms 32 boys were qualified as cobblers, cooks, auto fitters/mechanics, and hairdressers in 2015;
  • Study on fees and taxation of justice related professions conducted and endorsed by the Ministry of Justice; enabling legislative package approved by the Parliament and entered into force in 2017;
  • Quality Manual of National Center for Judicial Expertise developed and approved in line with ISO 17025 requirements; 9 staff members of National Center for Judicial Expertise trained (in country and abroad) on ISO 17025 requirements;
  • National Centre for Judicial Expertise is accredited in line with ISO 17025 standard since July 2017 for one type of expertise.
Years Budget Delivery
UNDP UNDP/Democratic Governance Thematic Trust Fund Government of Romania General Prosecutor’s Office of RM Government of Italy U.S. Government National Centre for Judicial Expertise of RM National Institute of Justice of RM
2011 47,275 USD               47,275 USD
2012 77,807 USD 55,369 USD             133,176 USD
2013 32,995 USD 140,870 USD             173,865 USD
2014 24,726 USD 3,205 USD 111,955 USD 115,045 USD         254,921 USD
2015 24,114 USD   8,674 USD 50,066 USD 32,348 USD       115,202 USD
2016 11,912 USD       9,425 USD 22,181 USD     43,518 USD
2017         22,515 USD 85,790 USD
  19,721 USD 133,313 USD
2018         11,518 USD 274,443 USD 288,016 USD 215,927 USD  
2019           92,757 USD 97,650 USD    

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