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PCF-II.1-Justice   II.1 Strengthening independence and efficiency of justice
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Narrative (Work Plan)
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017
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    Overall Objectives II.1.1. Strengthen the quality, independence and efficiency of the judiciary:
    - Take all necessary measures to establish and promote the independence of judges and judicial self-governing bodies;
    - Strengthen judicial training;
    - Optimise court management practices.

    II.1.2.Strengthen the role of courts in delivering user-oriented justice;

    II.1.3. Improve the quality of the profession of lawyer (advocate):
    - Strengthen the self-governing bodies of lawyers (advocates) including as regards their role in recruitment, training and disciplinary proceedings;
    - Strengthen national training institutions of legal professionals.

     

     

     
    Project Purpose 1      2015/DG I/JP/3193   Support to increased efficiency of courts, improved training of judges and judicial self-governance in Azerbaijan 1 500 000 
    (0 Activities) Narrative
    To enhance and support the implementation of the reform of judiciary in Azerbaijan in line with CoE standards.
    Recommendations and findings of the CoE bodies – Venice Commission, ECtHR, Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights, European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE), and recommendations of the project ''Enhancing judicial reform in Eastern Partnership countries''– are addressed through the roadmap for implementation of the reforms, draft laws and secondary legislation.
    By the end of the project three aspects of the functioning of judiciary: self-governance, efficiency, and judicial training are reviewed and reflect the CoE standards and recommendations.
    By the end of the project the efficiency and quality of the selected pil
     
    CoE and EU Monitoring Reports on the Azerbaijan; CoE Human Rights Commissioner’s reports; recommendations of the project ''Enhancing judicial reform in Eastern Partnership countries;'' reports of other international organisations.  Political stability in the country; the beneficiary institutions are committed to implement the reform in their respective institutions; ownership and engagement of the beneficiary institutions in the reform process remains high. 
    Expected Result 1.1 The efficiency and quality of judicial services in five pilot courts are improved through application of the methodology and tools developed by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on judicial time management and quality of justice. The quality of judicial statistics is improved as a result of capacity building support to the judicial authorities and pilot courts.
    After having implemented the CEPEJ tools, the clearance rates reach 100% and the disposition time decreases by at least 10% in the pilot courts, against the baseline of the assessment report prepared within the framework of the Eastern Partnership project.

    Quality measures based on CEPEJ tools are implemented in 80% of the beneficiary pilot courts.

    The collection and analysis of judicial statistics for efficient management of courts and policy-making purposes is improved, as confirmed by the data provided for the CEPEJ report on European Judicial Systems.

    The respondents to satisfaction surveys note improvements in the quality of services in the pilot courts (at least a 20%)

    - Internal and annual reports of the JLC, MoJ and other releant judicial bodies;
    - Results of the evaluations and assessments conducted by the JLC are prepared on the basis of the CEPEJ guidelines and methodology;
    - Legislation and regulations of Azerbaijan concerning management and efficiency of courts;
    - Statements of the officials and representatives of the JLC and judiciary;
    - CEPEJ reports;
    - Reports of national and international organisations;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    The judicial community is actively engaged in the policy discussions. They support the implementation of measures for improving the efficiency and quality of justice system.
    Expected Result 1.2 An action plan to roll out the results of the pilot phase for increased efficiency and quality of judicial services is developed in dialogue with the judicial and governmental authorities.
    Capacity of the judicial authorities to implement efficiency and quality monitoring of courts is provided through assistance in drawing up relevant procedures and amendments to the legal framework; awareness raising activities and at least two training sessions for the members of the SCM are organised.

    The efficiency of the use of CEPEJ tools in courts is acknowledged and their dissemination nationwide is prepared, based on the lessons learned through the pilot phase.

    The future justice reform measures include actions for dissemination of the CEPEJ tools and guidelines nationwide, based on the lessons learned through the pilot phase.

    - Relevant legilsation and regulations of Azerbaijan;
    - Statements of the Azerbaijani officials and representatives of the judiciary;
    - Any justice reform strategy or action plan;
    - CEPEJ reports;
    - Reports of national and international organisations;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    The JLC and relevant authorities prioritise improving court efficiency and quality. The judicial authorities have necessary resources (financial or human) to implement further cascading of the results of the pilot courts in other national courts. The judicial community is actively engaged in the policy discussions. They support the MoJ and the JLC in implementation of the measures for improving the efficiency and quality of justice system.
    Expected Result 1.3 The training methodology and curricula for judges (initial and in-service) of the Justice Academy are further improved in line with European standards and good practice, particularly in relation to the application of law and weighing evidence (“judgecraft”), through support to training of trainers (with modern and interactive training methodologies), development of training courses, introduction of new training and evaluation methodologies etc.
    The Justice Academy organises and provides judicial training of high quality, on the basis of comprehensive needs assessments and systematic quality control. The courses are developed on the basis of European principles and an advanced methodology of judicial training.


    - Reports produced by the Justice Academy and the JLC;
    - Curricula and training programmes of the Justice Academy;
    - Feedback from the trainers and trainees of the Justice Academy;
    - Evaluation of the trainings and questionnaires;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    Relevant financial and human resources are available for the implementation of the new courses and further promotion of new training methods at the Justice Academy.
    Expected Result 1.4 The capacities of the Justice Academy to train judges and court staff on efficient court management and quality of justice in line with European standards are strengthened). The CEPEJ tools and guidelines on efficiency and quality of justice are integrated in the programmes for initial and continuous training of judges and court managers/staff.
    CEPEJ efficiency and quality tools are integrated in the curricula of the Justice Academy.

    The Justice Academy has a pool of trainers on topics related to efficiency and quality of justice, available to further cascade the training within the timeframes of the project implementation and beyond.

    At least 70% of the trainees undergoing the respective training organised in cooperation with the Justice Academy claim to be satisfied or highly satisfied by the training provided.

    - Reports produced by the Justice Academy and the JLC;
    - Curricula and training programmes of the Justice Academy;
    - Feedback from the trainers and trainees of the Justice Academy;
    - Evaluation of the trainings and questionnaires;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    Relevant financial and human resources are available for the implementation of the new courses and further promotion of new training methods at the Justice Academy.
    Expected Result 1.5 The legal framework concerning the Judicial Legal Council (JLC) and its operational practices are further aligned to CoE standards and specific recommendations.
    Increased compliance of the organisation and functioning of the JLC with European standards.

    The JLC applies these standards and better performs its complex functions for administration of the judicial system, as assessed by CoE monitoring and reports of national and international institutions.

    - Legislation and normative acts of Azerbaijan;
    - Statements of the officials and representatives of the judiciary;
    - CoE monitoring reports, case law of the ECtHR;
    - Reports of other international organisations;
    - NGO monitoring reports and media coverage.
     
    Judicial authorities maintain the focus on the justice and judicial reform; the authorities have a clear short and long-term goals and strategies for strengthening the compliance with the CoE standards on roles and responsibilities of the judicial self-governing bodies; the capacity building of the JLC can be completed within the timeframe of the project and the necessary financial and other resources are made available for the JLC.

    The involvement of the CoE in the process of improving tne legal framework and operational practices of the JLC is coordinated with the EU and other important donors.



     
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