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PCF-II.1-Justice   II.1 Strengthening independence and efficiency of justice

Narrative (Work Plan)
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017
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    Overall Objectives
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    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 
    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.
    Project Purpose 2      2015/DG I/JP/3196   Support to the Georgian Bar Association 400 000 
    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.
    Increased compliance of national legislations and regulations concerning the mandate and functioning of Bar Associations, in corresponding target countries, with European standards and CoE recommendations.
    Training institutions in corresponding target countries put in place a short-term and long-term strategy of development, a developed system of course accreditation, and coherent and comprehensive training programmes with coherent teaching methodology.
     
    - Media reports;
    - Meeting and mission reports;
    - Experts' reports with recommendations;
    - Feedback from the end-users of the judicial system and lawyers;
    - Statistical data and reports of national and international organisations working in Georgia;
    - Reporting under the project;
    - Internal project documentation (reports, event-related documents, etc);
    - CoE and EU Monitoring Reports on Georgia;
    - Reports of other international and national organistations;
    - NGO monitoring reports;
    - Reports of the relevant judicial organisations.
     
    - Political stability;
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The GBA is fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
     
    Expected Result 2.1 Increased compliance of national legislations and regulations concerning the mandate and functioning of the Georgian Bar Association (GBA) with European standards and CoE recommendations;
    A set of recommendations towards the reinforcement and clarification of the supervisory functions of the GBA are developed in compliance with European standards and best practices. Up to 80% of them are addressed by the Georgian lawmakers;

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Experts' report with recommendations;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Media coverage of public discussions on legislative initiatives;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Georgia;
    - Project narrative and final reports.
     
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The existing legal gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop legislation, regulations and to alter existing practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 2.2 Strengthened capacity of the GBA management and staff to apply management techniques in carrying out their tasks efficiently;
    The leadership and staff of the GBA are able to apply modern managemnet techniques at least in the following areas: strategic planning, financial planning, and communications.

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Georgia.
     
    - The GBA is fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - Availability of the GBA staff and their willingness to participate in training activities, as well as to apply the new skills acquired in the working process;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 2.3 Increased compliance of the Code of Professional Ethics for Lawyers practicing in Georgia in line with European standards and best practices;
    Ethical procedures for lawyers and application of these procedures are reviewed to identify their compliance with European standards and best practices. By the end of the project, between 70% and 80% of project-produced recommendations based on European standards and best practices on ethical conduct of lawyers are incorporated in the Code of Professional Ethics for Lawyers and practice.

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Experts' report with recommendations;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Georgia.
     
    - The GBA is fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 2.4 Increased legal skills of lawyers through the development of curricula for continuous training courses and the use of the Online Teaching Platform;
    Needs and gaps of continuous professional training courses for the lawyers with regard to legal techniques reasoning, writing, research, and advocacy, court procedure, legal practice and professional ethics are identified and up to 80% of them are addressed by the GBA.

    A viable pool of approved trainers for lawyers is established with the involvement of up to 70% of trainers of the GBA.

    Online Teaching Platform is further developed and updated to comprise all relevant available materials on human rights standards produced by CoE, including HELP Programme.

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Assessment reports with recommendations;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - GBA website.
     
    - The developed curricula for continuous training courses will be further implemented by the GBA and the beneficiaries;
    - Lawyers understand the need for continuous professional training courses and take active part in training activities and use the Online Teaching Platform;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 2.5 Modernised entrance examination for students’ lawyers.
    A review of methodology, content and procedure of the entrance examination for students’ lawyers is done to further modernise and improve the process.

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Assessment reports with recommendations;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - GBA website.
     
    - The existing gaps are acknowledged by the GBA and they are ready to review the methodology, content and procedure of the entrance examination and regulations and to alter existing practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 2.5 Modernised entrance examination for students’ lawyers.
    A review of methodology, content and procedure of the entrance examination for students’ lawyers is done to further modernise and improve the process.

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Assessment reports with recommendations;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - GBA website.
     
    - The existing gaps are acknowledged by the GBA and they are ready to review the methodology, content and procedure of the entrance examination and regulations and to alter existing practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Project Purpose 3      2015/DG I/JP/3194   Strengthening the efficiency of the justice system in Ukraine 123 057 
    Component 1: “Strengthening the efficiency of the judicial system in Ukraine according to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) tools and methodology”

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    Expected Result 3.1 Increased knowledge of key judicial players of the main findings of the EaP 2014 report and more generally of CEPEJ methodology and tools.
    The key aspects of the EaP report and the main CEPEJ instruments necessary for project implementation (SATURN Guidelines on Judicial Time Management, (Handbook for Conducting Satisfaction Surveys, Checklist on the quality of justice and the courts etc.) are translated into Ukrainian and presented to key actors of the judiciary.

    - Meeting and mission reports;
    - Experts' reports with recommendations;
    - Project narrative and final reports;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Ukraine.
     
    - Political stability;
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The national Judicial Administration and other key judicial actors are fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - The existing gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 3.2 The length of the proceedings decreases, the clearance rate improves and the disposition time (for certain types of cases) is shortened in pilot courts through the application of the methodology and tools developed by the CEPEJ on judicial time management (e.g. SATURN Guidelines on Judicial Time Management). Quality of judicial services is also improved in pilot courts following the application of relevant CEPEJ tools (Handbook for Conducting Satisfaction Surveys, Checklist on the quality of justice and the courts etc.) Steps are taken to address the shortcomings identified in the pilot programme.
    The court coaching starts in the selected pilot courts which includes a number of awareness raising meetings with the court chairmen, judges and court staff, as well as the meetings for the purpose of establishing degrees of the implementation of the SATURN guidelines and the quality check-list.

    - Meeting and mission reports;
    - Experts' reports with recommendations;
    - Project narrative and final reports;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Ukraine.
     
    - Political stability;
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The national Judicial Administration and other key judicial actors are fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - The existing gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 3.3 CEPEJ tools on judicial time management and quality are streamlined in the curricula for initial and continuous training of judges, as well as of court staff such as court managers. A pool of Ukrainian trainers/resource persons on CEPEJ tools is set up with a view to promoting a better knowledge of CEPEJ tools within the Ukrainian judiciary and their further dissemination in Ukrainian courts.
    Judges and court staff including at managerial and operational levels are trained within the framework of the curriculum of the National School of Judges on the CEPEJ tools on judicial time management and quality of justice. The training is carried out by the group of national trainers.

    - Meeting and mission reports;
    - Experts' reports with recommendations;
    - Project narrative and final reports;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Ukraine.
     
    - Political stability;
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The national Judicial Administration and other key judicial actors are fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - The existing gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 3.4 Increased compliance of the Ukrainian Law on the Bar and Practice of Law and its accompanying regulatory framework (including ethical and disciplinary rules) with CoE standards.
    - The compliance assessment of draft amendments to the Law on the Bar and Practice of Law in relation to CoE standards is conducted;
    - the expertise provided to the Working Group moderated by the Presidential Administration is reflected in the amendments to the Law on the Bar and Practice of law;
    - the UBA regulatory framework (including ethical and disciplinary rules) is brought in line with CoE standards;
    - expert revisions of the Code of Ethics are presented to the UBA for consultations.

    - CoE Monitoring Reports;
    - Experts assessment;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Media coverage of public discussions on legislative initiatives;
    - Progress project reports.
     
    Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project.
    UBA is fully engaged in the project implementation.
    The existing legal gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop legislation and practices. The leadership of the UBA remains fully committed to implementing CoE standards on the profession of lawyer.
    Financial resources are committed to standards and best practices implementation.
    Expected Result 3.5 The Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) functions in line with CoE standards and best European practices and has the necessary capacity to represent its members.
    - The functional audit (including gender desegregation) of UBA structures are prepared and presented for consultation;
    - the draft UBA Strategy and its action plan are submitted for consultation within UBA;
    - 60% of UBA Council and UBA Strategic Planning Commission staff receive training on strategic planning and management.

    - CoE Monitoring Reports;
    - Experts assessment;
    - Lawyers’ feedback/surveys;
    - Progress project reports.
     
    The leadership of the UBA remains fully committed to implementing CoE standards on the profession of lawyer.
    Financial resources are committed to standards and best practices implementation
    Expected Result 3.6 Regional disparities in the access to and the quality of the Continuous Training Programme are reduced.
    - Expertise and recommendations on the Continuous Training Programme for lawyers are submitted for consultations within the UBA.

    - CoE Monitoring Reports;
    - Reports of other stakeholders and international organisations active in the area;
    - feedback received from the training participants;
    - Internal assessments/reports;
    - Progress project reports.
     
    The leadership of the UBA remains fully committed to implementing CoE standards on the profession of lawyer.
    Financial and Human resources are committed to the continuous training needs.
    Lawyers are committed to keeping and improving their professional skills.
    Expected Result 3.7 Regional disparities in the quality of legal representation are reduced; mechanisms for better regional legal representation are promoted.
    Lawyers from different regions have equal access to continuous training programmes and as the result the quality of the legal representation in the regions improved.

    - Meeting and mission reports;
    - Experts' reports with recommendations;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - Feedback from lawyers practicing in the regions and their clients;
    - Project narrative and final reports;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in Ukraine.
     
    - Political stability;
    - Lawyers understand the need for continuous professional training courses and take active part in training activities.
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Project Purpose 4      2015/DG I/JP/3195   Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyers’ profession in the Republic of Moldova 1 400 000 
    Component 1: “Strengthening the efficiency of the judicial system in the Republic of Moldova”
    Component 2: “Support to the Moldovan Bar Association (MBA)”:

    Improve the quality of the profession of lawyer (advocate):
    - Strengthen the Moldovan Bar
    Association (MBA) including as regards its role in recruitment, training and disciplinary proceedings;
    - Strengthen national training institution of legal professionals.
    By the end of the project the efficiency and quality of the selected pilot courts are significantly improved which is reflected in the results of the court user satisfaction surveys and assessments of the CEPEJ.


    The MBA is able to represent the interests of its members and to provide a credible counterpart to organisations representing other groups of legal professionals at national level. European standards and the recommendations of relevant CoE bodies concerning the mandate and functioning of Bar Associations are addressed and applied in the Republic of Moldova.

    The quality of the judges/lawyers training is enhanced, applying systematic course accreditation and modern technologies
     
    - CoE and EU Monitoring Reports on the Republic of Moldova;
    - Reports of international and national organistations;
    - NGO monitoring reports;
    - Reports of the relevant judicial organisations;
    - Media reports;
    - Meeting and mission reports;
    - Expert reports with recommendations;
    - Feedback from the end-users of the judicial system and lawyers;
    - Statistical data and reports of international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova;
    - Reporting under the project;
    - Internal project documentation (reports, event-related documents, etc).
     
    Political stability in the country. No significant reshuffling of high level officials and responsible state asnd judicial bodies occurs during the implementation period. The authorities maintain the focus on the implementation of the CoE Action Plan and other country strategic documents with regard to the justice reform; the reform will continue and the means necessary for their implementation will be maintained. 
    Expected Result 4.1 The capacity of the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM) and other national authorities in assessing the efficiency of the justice system is strengthened.
    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.

    - Internal and annual reports of the SCM, MoJ and other releant judicial bodies;
    - Results of the evaluations and assessments conducted by the SCM are prepared on the basis of the CEPEJ guidelines and methodology;
    - Legislation and regulations of the Republic of Moldova concerning management and efficiency of courts;
    - Statements of the Moldovan officials and representatives of the SCM and judiciary;
    - CEPEJ reports;
    - Reports of national and international organisations;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    The SCM and relevant authorities prioritise improving court efficiency and quality.
    Expected Result 4.2 The length of the proceedings decreases, the clearance rate improves and the disposition time is shortened in pilot courts through the application of the methodology and tools developed by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) on judicial time management and quality of judicial services (e.g. SATURN Guidelines on Judicial Time Management; Handbook for Conducting Satisfaction Surveys, Checklist on the Quality of Justice and the Courts, etc.).
    The clearance rates reach at least 100% and the disposition time decrease by at least 20% in the pilot courts at the end of the project, after having followed CEPEJ guidelines and against the baseline of the previous assessment reports prepared within the framework of the Eastern Partnership project.
    At least 70% of respondents to satisfaction surveys note improvements of quality policies in the pilot courts.

    - Internal and annual reports of the SCM, MoJ and other releant judicial bodies;
    - Results of the evaluations and assessments conducted by the SCM are prepared on the basis of the CEPEJ guidelines and methodology;
    - Legislation and regulations of the Republic of Moldova concerning management and efficiency of courts;
    - Statements of the Moldovan officials and representatives of the SCM and judiciary;
    - CEPEJ reports;
    - Reports of national and international organisations;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    The SCM 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 courts of the Republic of Moldova. Judicial community is actively engaged in the policy discussions. They support the SCM and other authorities in implementation of the measures for improving the efficiency and quality of justice system.
    Expected Result 4.3 An action plan for the dissemination of the results of the pilot phase, as well as for the preparation and adoption of relevant legislative and policy norms for efficient court work are drawn up and approved by judicial and governmental authorities.
    The next justice reform strategy and action plan include the action plan for the dissemination of the CEPEJ tools and guidelines nationwide, based on the lessons learned through the pilot phase.

    - Relevant legilsation and regulations of the Republic of Moldova;
    - Statements of the Moldovan officials and representatives of the judiciary;
    - New Justice reform action plan and strategy;
    - CEPEJ reports;
    - Reports of national and international organisations;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Meeting and Mission reports.
     
    The SCM 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 courts of the Republic of Moldova. Judicial community is actively engaged in the policy discussions. They support the SCM and other authorities in implementation of the measures for improving the efficiency and quality of justice system.
    Expected Result 4.4 NIJ uses the CEPEJ tools and guidelines on efficiency and quality of justice in their initial and continuous trainings for judges.

    Teaching on the CEPEJ tools and guidelines becomes integral part of the curriculum of the NIJ.

    ToT module is developed for the trainers and the NIJ has a pool of the trainers available to furtehr cascade the training within the timeframes of the project implementation.

    At least 70 % of the future trainers of the NIJ claim to be satisfied or highly satisfied by the training provided.

    - Reports produced by the NIJ and the SCM;
    - Reports of other stakeholders and international organisations active in the justice sector;
    - Curricula and training programmes of the NIJ;
    - Feedback from the trainers and trainees of the NIJ;
    - Evaluation of the trainings and questionnaires;
    - Reports of national and international organisations;
    - 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 NIJ.
    Expected Result 4.5 Increased compliance of national legislations and regulation relating to the mandate and functioning of the Moldovan Bar Association (MBA) with European standards and CoE recommendations.
    European standards and the recommendations of relevant CoE bodies concerning the mandate and functioning of Bar Associations applied to a large extent in the Republic of Moldova;

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Experts' report with recommendations;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Media coverage of public discussions on legislative initiatives;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova;
    - Project narrative and final reports.
     
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The existing legal gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop legislation, regulatgions and to alter existing practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 4.6 The regulatory framework of the MBA (including ethical and disciplinary rules) is developed in line with European standards;
    Increased compliance of the MBA regulatory framework (including ethical and disciplinary rules) with European standards. Better capacity of the MBA to perform its functions effectively;

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Experts' report with recommendations;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova.
     
    - The MBA is fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 4.7 Strengthened capacity of the MBA management and staff to apply management techniques.
    The leadership and staff of the MBA is able to apply modern management techniques at least in the following three areas: strategic planning, financial planning, and communications;

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova.
     
    - The MBA is fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - Availability of the MBA staff and their willingness to participate in training activities, as well as to apply the new skills acquired in the working process;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 4.8 Increased skills and knowledge of lawyers through the development of curricula for continuous training courses and the use on the Online Teaching Platform.
    At least 50% of training modules are revised in line with the needs of lawyers and are in accordance with European standards;

    The pool of MBA local trainers is strengthened as to satisfy the needs of the continuous professional training process of lawyers;



    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Assessment reports with recommendations;
    - Report of training events with
    recommendations;
    - Assessment forms of training events;
    - MBA website.
     
    - The drafted/updated training programme will be further implemented by the MBA and the beneficiaries;
    - Lawyers understand the need for continuous professional training courses and take active part in training activities;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 4.9 Provisions of the national legislation and regulations related to the selection criteria for membership of the Advocates Licensing Commission and its functioning are in line with European standards.
    Modernised procedure of selection criteria for membership of the Advocates Licensing Commission capable of ensuring that the process is open and transparent is applied;

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Experts' report with recommendations;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Media coverage of public discussions on legislative initiatives;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova.
    - Project narrative and final reports.
     
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The existing legal gaps are acknowledged by the authorities and they are ready to undertake measures to develop legislation, regulations and to alter existing practices;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 4.10 Compliance of national disciplinary proceedings against lawyers with European standards and CoE recommendations largely increased.
    Improved disciplinary procedures for the lawyers are established. The Commission for Ethics and Discipline functions in an efficient and timely manner. The quality of the decisions of the Commission is improved;

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Draft legislative amendments;
    - Media coverage of public discussions on legislative initiatives;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova.
     
    - Political will for reforms in the field relating to the project;
    - The MBA is fully engaged in the project implementation;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Expected Result 4.11 Advocates' rights in disciplinary proceedings are strengthened and the rights of third parties such as clients are protected.
    Advocates' rights in disciplinary proceedings are expanded;

    Strengthened data privacy of third parties in disciplinary proceedings.

    - Mission and meeting reports;
    - Feedback from lawyers;
    - Reports of other national and international organisations working in the Republic of Moldova.
     
    - Lawyers take active part in the decision-making process;
    - Availability of the necessary financial and other resources;
    - Availability of experts.
    Project Purpose 5      2015/DG I/JP/3199   Reform of judicial Systems - Regional Dimension for 6 EaP countries 500 000 
    To enable those responsible for judicial reform as policy makers, members of judicial self-governing bodies or legal professionals to draw on the experience of other EaP countries thanks to a targeted regional dialogue established to foster lasting peer-to-peer contacts involving at least 5 EaP countries. Awareness of European standards in the field of judicial reform and of existing best practices in the region is increased among participating practitioners.

    Peer-to-peer contacts (between representatives of Ministries of Justice, Judicial Self-Governing Bodies, General Prosecutors and Bar Associations or Lawyers) are established for exchanges of experiences at the regional level.
     
    - Meetings reports;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Experts' reports with recommendations;
    - Reporting under the project;
    - Internal project documentation (reports, event-related documents, etc).
     
    - Ownership of and engagement in the process by EaP countries’;
    - Willingness to engage in a regional dialogue;
    - Relevance of topics selected for the regional exchanges.
     
    Expected Result 5.1 The reform of the justice systems in the Eastern Partnership countries is strengthen; the dissemination of information about the content and best practices of reforms from other countries is increased through CoE support and utilizes dialogue on the different aspects and implication of the rule of law.
    Participants actively engage in exchanges of information, views and experiences on various aspects of judicial reform contributing to the identification and sharing of best practices.

    - Meetings reports;
    - Feed-back from professionals involved;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Internal project documentation (reports, event-related documents, etc).
     
    - Readiness and ability to significantly contribute to the dialogue by the stakeholders;
    - Availability of relevant experts and facilitators.
    Expected Result 5.2 A regional dialogue on further reforming the justice systems of participating countries is reinforced in the Eastern Partnership; bilateral impacts are reinforced through regional support measures.
    Best practices, lessons learned and outstanding challenges to successful judicial reform are identified and shared through the work of regional working groups.

    - Meetings reports;
    - Feed-back from professionals involved;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Internal project documentation (reports, event-related documents, etc).
     
    - Readiness and ability to significantly contribute to the dialogue by the stakeholders;
    - Availability of relevant experts and facilitators.
    Expected Result 5.3 The judicial reform issues relevant for the region are mainstreamed through a network and dialogue of legal professionals.
    Solutions to meet challenges facing the judiciary are developed by:

    - sharing knowledge on judicial reforms;
    - supporting partnerships with organizations and institutions;
    - developing practical tools for successful judicial reform on specific selected issues or processes and supporting country level implementation.

    Examples of good practices of reform processes in the region as well as of outstanding challenges are identified and discussed among participants.

    Participants are exposed to the work and existing tools and recommendations of relevant Council of Europe bodies.

    Identified good practices on various aspects of the judicial reform process are disseminated through the publication of lessons learned and experts’ recommendations.

    - Meetings reports;
    - Feed-back from professionals involved;
    - Media coverage and reports;
    - Internal project documentation (reports, event-related documents, etc) ;
    - Publications produced for further dissemination.
     
    - Readiness and ability to significantly contribute to the dialogue by the stakeholders;
    - Availability of relevant experts and facilitators.



     
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