Seeking ways to help Serbian courts with their everyday administrative tasks such as court fee calculation and processing, and service of process, our USAID Rule of Law Project worked on identifying ICT solutions for streamlining the business process in courts.
Access to accurate information is critical in curbing misinformation about COVID-19, helping people understand their individual rights and liberties, and ultimately helping keep themselves safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
With USAID support, through the Judicial Systems Strengthening Program, the Kosovo Judicial Council has a new, improved and upgraded website as of mid-April, with a more user-friendly interface, better structured information, and press releases for the media and the public.
The USAID Judiciary Against Corruption Activity maintained its close partnership with judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina amid the COVID-19 pandemic, extending intensive technical assistance for handling high-profile anti-corruption and organized crime cases.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
In March 2019, the Government of Ethiopia enacted the Civil Society Organization Proclamation, which has fundamentally changed the establishment, type, and operation of CSOs in Ethiopia, lifting the heavy restrictions on activities promoting human rights and democracy.
On March 28, 2020, Feteh Activity in Ethiopia aired what is the first in a series of TV shows designed to raise awareness on the ongoing intensive justice sector reforms in the country. The show is produced by Feteh subcontractors, ARTS TV.
USAID Judiciary Against Corruption Activity organized a two-day workshop on March 10-11, 2020 and presented the innovative concept of capacity building for prosecutors from seven of the largest prosecutor’s offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Recent legislative reforms related to the promotion and protection of human rights generated a need for delivering training to officials in order to familiarize them with the changes as well as present what specific role they have in the protection and promotion of human rights. In line with the guidelines of the Human Rights Action Plan Coordination Office (HRAPCO), set up under the auspices of the Attorney General’s Office, Feteh designed four rounds of regional training for prosecutors and prison officials on the protection of human rights.
Thanks to the government of Ethiopia’s focus on female representation in top government offices, the chance for women’s voices to be heard and respected has never looked more promising. Feteh is strongly committed to this nationwide change.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, our USAID Rule of Law Project developed a software application for the electronic notice board for the enforcement procedure, which has become operational as of January 1, 2020.
Through intensive technical assistance extended by the USAID Rule of Law Project, the legislative framework governing the system of enforcement in Serbia has been reshaped to allow for a fairer and more efficient enforcement procedure.
USAID Open Justice Project marked the end of 2019 by reaching an important milestone in project implementation: the new Integrated Case Management System (ICMS, or PIGD according to the Moldovan acronym) is rolled-out and operational in all Moldovan courts.
Judicial assistants – to the uninitiated, it is more than 1500 highly educated lawyers in Serbian courts, providing help to judges by drafting decisions, while also often handling certain types of cases themselves, for example probate cases.
The kick-off event for the new USAID Judiciary Against Corruption Activity (JACA) was held today, at the session of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council in Sarajevo.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Our USAID Justice Systems Strengthening Program has been partnering with Kosovo judicial institutions for the past four years and helping them develop in the direction of a modern, efficient, and transparent judiciary, easily accessible to all citizens of Kosovo.
The USAID Open Justice Project in Moldova completed the process of upgrading internet presentations of 19 Moldovan courts, complementing work on the webpages of the National Court’s Portal, the Agency for Court Administration, and the Superior Council of Magistracy.
Ms. Cristina Olive, USAID Public Affairs officer and Mr. Scott Hocklander, USAID Moldova Mission Director, visited the Comrat District Court today to discuss the use of the new Integrated Case Management System (ICMS).
With the help of the USAID Open Justice project in Moldova, the 740,824 decisions from the Chisinau District Court’s 1973–2009 paper archive, amounting to over 2,278 million pages, were digitized.
USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, Brock Bierman, visited the Western Balkan region this month. During the several days he spent in Serbia, Mr. Biermann spoke at the roundtable on enforcement organized by the USAID Rule of Law Project.
On April 11, 2019, in Belgrade, the USAID Rule of Law Project organized a roundtable on the topic of operational improvements in Serbian courts with the aim of improving judicial efficiency, gathering over 70 judicial stakeholders.