Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary

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Location: At the National Level
Khartoum State
At the State Level
South Darfur, North Darfur, West Darfur, Kassala, South Kordofan and Blue Nile States
Duration: August 2006 - Dec 2011
Focus area: Democratic Governance
Contributions(USD): DFID : 272,459
NET : 400,000
NOR : 570,777
WB : 4,532,860
SIDA : 300,000
Partners: At the National Level:
- Sudan Judiciary
At the State Level:
- South Darfur State Judiciary
- North Darfur State Judiciary
- West Darfur State Judiciary
- Kassala State Judiciary
Delivery(USD): 2011: 335,513
2010: 793,180
2008: 1,467,449
2007: 1,267,651
Contact person in UNDP: Ayesha Elbereir
Programme Manager, a.i.
The project was created in August 2006 to support the implementation of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) and the Interim National Constitution (INC), which formed the framework under which the National Judicial Service Commission (NJSC) was created to undertake the overall management of the national judicial system in Sudan. The mandate of the commission also includes the coordination between the relations between judiciaries at national and state level, as well as the approval, appointment and dismissal of judges.

In order to help implement the CPA, and effectuate the mandate of the INC - including the establishment of the NJSC, significant work needed be done to strengthen the Judiciary’s legal, technical, and operational capacity. Consequently, in August 2006, the Ministry of Finance, the World Bank, and UNDP launched the Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary project to improve the capacity of an independent Judiciary in Sudan. The first phase of the project ended in 2009, and a second phase of the project was developed and initiated in early 2010 under the framework of the Strategic Partnership for Governance and Rule of Law

Snapshots of the project's major achievements

This project constitutes Phase II of the Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary. As such, this project builds on the results achieved in Phase I of the Capacity Building of the Sudan Judiciary Project, which included:

(a) The Technical Bureau of the Sudan Judiciary was supported to produce Law Reports and Law Texts, which were provided to all judges and courts in northern Sudan States;
(b) Support was provided for the National Judicial Service Commission (NJSC) to develop its capacity to deliver judicial services, including rehabilitation of 13 judicial offices and the NJSC’s conference hall. In addition, furniture, installation of simultaneous translation equipment and video conference equipment were provided to NJSC;
(c) Judicial trainings were provided at the national and the State levels to develop the capacity of the judiciary to implement and integrate commitments to the rule of law under the INC. The trainings have been a blend of in-country trainings and overseas courses for judges;
(d) Study tours were organized to Germany, South Africa, India, Malaysia, the UK, Canada, and lessons were drawn as to the operation of court system in those jurisdictions, especially federalism related issues;
(e) Rehabilitation and construction of court facilities in selected States in the North Sudan was accomplished (including: South Kordofan State, Blue Nile State, Kassala State, River Nile State in addition to Khartoum state) to improve the delivery of judicial services.

Achievement of 2011:
At the National Level:
• A Letter of Agreement was signed with the Training Administration of Sudan Judiciary. A series of training sessions on “Judicial Ethics, Equality before Law, Certainty, Consistency of Decision-Making, Civil Law, Criminal Law, Evidence Law, Personal Law” were organized for 90 District Court Judges (2nd Grade) from various States in Sudan;
• The Technical and Research Bureau Department was supported (through a Letter of Agreement) to re-print 15,000 volumes of legal texts on: Evidence Act, Customary Act, Shari’a Sanctions, Circumstantial Evidence, and Personal Law. Legal texts were distributed to Courts throughout Sudan.
• Overseas training was organized for ten judges (4F & 6M) on Advanced English Legal Terminology and Internet Assisted Legal Research at Bournemouth Business School, in the UK.

At the State Level:
• Four Letters of Agreement were signed with North Darfur State, West Darfur State, South Darfur State and kassala State to enable the Judiciary at the State level to enhance its institutional and operational capacities. As a result:
• In West Darfur, 17 Judges from the localities of El Geneina and Zalingie were trained on legal English and IT.
• To enhance access to justice, a Court house in kulbus locality (West Darfur) is under construction.
• In North Darfur, office equipment procured (computers, printers and photocopiers), and trainings on IT and English are planned to take place early 2012.
Judges in South Kordofan, Darfur and Kassala States were trained.
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