Six-Week Study Mission: Strengthening the Judiciary’s Legal and Technical Capacity


November 2008: From October 13th to November 21st 2008, the Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary Project sent 10 Sudanese judges on a six-week study mission to Bournemouth Business School International. The mission provided the judges with a broader judicial understanding of relevant comparative international legal experiences of USA, UK and Sudan as well as the European Union Law and UK court structure and jurisdiction. It has also helped enhance the judges’ knowledge of legal terminology and the english language.

The course covered several areas including: sovereignty of the parliament, statutory interpretation, delegated legislation, tribunal and arbitration, civil litigation, and common law. In addition to teaching the judges how to do internet-based legal research, the course addressed the planning and development of curriculum and course materials.

The study mission is part of a broader effort aimed at strengthening the Judiciary’s legal, technical, and operational capacity. Launched in 2006 the Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary project is managed by UNDP in collaboration with the Sudan Judiciary, and funded by the World Bank-administered Multi Donor Trust Fund and the Government of National

Snapshots of the Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary project's achievements
• In 2006, 12 judges were sent on three study tours in Germany, South Africa, and India. The tours provided the judges with a broader understanding of relevant comparative international legal experiences, and allowed them to observe and study the judicial procedures of different decentralized models.
• The project furnished and rehabilitated 13 offices for the National Judicial Service Commission (NJSC) and supplied them with 50 computers.
•Trained 50 judges in legal analysis, out of which 13 judges were trained as trainers of trainers.
• Between 2007 and 2008, the project sent 18 judges on a six-week study mission in Bournemouth Business School International. The study mission provided the judges with a broader judicial understanding of relevant comparative international legal experiences; and enhanced the judges’ knowledge of legal terminology in english, as well as their internet-based legal research.
• Rehabilitated the NJSC offices and the conference room; constructed and fully equipped Wad-Elhelew Court in Kassala State, Al-Rousaris Court in Blue Nile State, Al-Azhari court in Khartoum, and Talodi Court in South Kordofan State along with two houses.

 
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