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:
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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.

Objectives:

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 at Goian Prison 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;
  • Strengthened institutional capacities of the National Centre for Judicial Expertise;
  • Strengthened professional training capacities of the National Institute of Justice. 

Accomplishments:

  • 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 (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 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;
  • National Centre for Judicial Expertise is accredited in line with ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard, providing compliance with standard’s requirements in four areas of forensic expertise: handwriting, road accident analysis, fingerprints and questioned document examination;
  • Capacities of the National Centre for Judicial Expertise to perform chemical laboratory investigations and road accident analysis enhanced by providing laboratory equipment, specialized software and hardware;
  • Court simulation/multipurpose rooms at the National Institute of Justice are renovated and equipped to increase training effectiveness and accessibility;
  • Baseline assessment on the quality of judicial reasoning in Moldova conducted.
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         6,612 USD 272,121 USD 94,432 USD 215,927 USD 590,725 USD
2019         4,906 USD 91,431 USD 291,126 USD    
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