Improve the capacity of independent justice institutions in Albania – EU4Justice

Improve the capacity of independent justice institutions in Albania – EU4Justice

 

Project Value 2,500,000.00 €
Project Status Ongoing
Municipality
Implementing Partners

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) together with International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP) and Expertise France (EF)

 

Beneficiaries: High Judicial Council (HJC), High Prosecutorial Council (HPC), High Justice Inspector (HJI)

EU Contribution
2,500,000.00 €
Project Timeline
03/02/2023-03/02/2023

Overall Objective

The overall outcome is to support the governance institutions (HJC, HPC and HJI) in Albania to implement the justice reform by strengthening their independence (via meritocracy and career), accountability, transparency, efficacy and  assist them to implement their main policies as well as improved coordination and communication of the governance institutions through the establishment of sustainable mechanism in line with the best EU practices.

Summary of the Project

The project is designed to support capacity-building of the main beneficiaries, in particular the HJC, the HPC and the HJI, for applying standard rules and practices, in line with EU standards and best practices, career development, efficiency, court management, independence of judges and inspectors, transfer of know-how and institutional coordination, to ensure long-term sustainability of the project’s outputs.

The project will focus on the strengthening of the functioning of the HJC and the consolidation of the career development system for judges based on meritocracy and transparent proceedings in line with the European standards and the best practices, as well as strengthening the functional and organizational independence, transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness of the courts in accordance with the law, implementation of the new judicial map, reduction of the backlog and unification of the rules for disciplinary proceedings among the three beneficiaries HJC, HPC and HJI.

The activities planned for HPC, aim to support the capacity building of the HPC and the consolidation of the process of career development system for prosecutors based on meritocracy and transparent procedures in line with the European standards. The project aims to support the capacity building of the office of the HJI, thereby increasing the performance of the institution and the conduct of its work in an independent, efficient and professional manner. The coordination and cooperation among the HJC, HPC and HJI is also an objective of the project. Project will support governance institutions to establish a permanent coordination and cooperation mechanism to ensure sustainability and transparency among these institutions.

Activities

Support the consolidation of the HJC organizational and managerial function, including reporting, as well as setting up and managing the monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the strategic planning competences.

Support the strengthening of the functional and organizational independence, transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness of the HJC, following completion of the new judicial map.

Support the consolidation of the HJC standards and procedures for the recruitment, appointment, assignment to positions, end of the mandate, transfer, promotion, as well as standards and procedures for the ethic and professional performance evaluation of judges.

Support the consolidation of the HJC standards and procedures for other decisions determining the magistrates’ rights and obligations.

Support the courts and the HJC in drafting and adopting rules on efficiency and quality of justice, including issues related to backlog in courts, as well as assisting on capacity building of judges and judicial civil servants.

Support the consolidation of the HPC organizational and managerial function, in particular the rules of procedure of this institution, support the capacity building of the HPC, and improve standards and procedures performing administrative tasks, including reporting.

Support the HPC in setting up and managing the monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the strategic planning competences.

Support the capacity building of the HPC in setting up a functioning training unit.

Support the consolidation of the HPC standards and procedures for the recruitment, appointment, assignment to positions, end of the mandate, transfer, promotion, secondment, and other career development decisions.

Support the consolidation of the HPC standards and procedures for the ethic and professional performance evaluation of prosecutors.

Support the consolidation of the HPC standards and procedures for other decisions determining the prosecutors’ rights and obligations.

Support the consolidation of the HJI organizational and managerial function with the aim of increasing the HJI institutional efficiency.

Support the consolidation of the HJI organizational and managerial function regarding the legal reporting obligations.

Support the creation and consolidation of legal, administrative or practical cooperation mechanisms between justice bodies.

Support the consolidation of standards and procedures for all inspection competencies regarding courts and prosecution offices in accordance with the law, regarding the institutional and the thematic inspections.

Support the governance institutions in establishing proper co-ordination and co-operation mechanisms.

Expected Results

HJC organizational and managerial function is strengthened.

Courts are restructured and function in accordance with the new legal requirements.

HJC standard rules are improved and a practice for career development decisions in compliance with the EU standards and the best practice is consolidated.

Independence of the judiciary is strengthened and efficiency in courts is increased

HPC organizational and managerial function is strengthened.

HPC standard rules are developed and a practice for career development decisions in compliance with the EU standards and the best practice is consolidated.

HJI is functioning in compliance with the law.

HJI standards are consolidated in accordance with the EU best practices.

Coordination and cooperation among the governance institutions (HJC/HPC/HJI) is strengthened.

Project Reference Number IPA/2022/436-032