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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00am

The improvement of court efficiency brought together today a high level meeting of justice sector stakeholders at the Ministry of Justice, organized with the support of the USAID’s JuST project and the OSCE Presence in Albania.

In the focus of discussions was the experience of the Kruja District Court which is implementing since February active case management practices for avoiding unproductive hearings, wasted time and unnecessary delays which are not an uncommon experience in the Albanian judiciary. This pilot project entitled: “For Justice Without Delays” relies on better pretrial preparation and more attention to the principle that every court hearing should be a meaningful one. It includes specific targets for the Kruja District Court, such as reducing the number of court sessions from 14 to 4 in complex civil cases, and from almost 9 to 3 for criminal cases. The Kruja District Court initiative is strongly supported by the High Council of Justice and the Ministry of Justice. OSCE and USAID support includes help with process design, data collection and analysis, and information dissemination.

A team of law students compete in a debate at a court
Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 9:15am

With support from the USAID’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST), and in cooperation with the Law Faculty of the University of Tirana, the Serious Crimes First Instance Court organized today an Open Day at the court.

USAID Launches Online Database of Albanian Judicial Decisions
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 9:45am

 Finding judicial decisions in Albania is now much easier. The Magistrates’ Schools, with USAID support, has built an online portal which allows judges, prosecutors, lawyers, students and the general public to search a database of judicial decisions from 1999 to the present. 

A high school student dressed in a judge's robe participates in a ‘mock trial on domestic violence’
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 9:45am

POGRADEC, MAY 8, 2013     USAID joined in the celebrations on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Albanian Justice Day by supporting the Pogradeci District Court to organize an Open Day at the court. This was the first such activity in the newly-refurbished courthouse inaugurated on December 3, 2012. The activities included a mock trial on a domestic violence case, and a court knowledge competition with the participation of local high school students, as well as a roundtable between members of the public and the court leadership and staff.

USAID Supports Job Training Program for People with Disabilities in Albania
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 10:30am

VORA, APRIL 15, 2013    U.S. Ambassador to Albania, Alexander Arvizu went  to the “Mirësia” Wheelchair Factory in Vora to participate in a ceremony recognizing the Albanian Disability Rights Foundation’s (ADRF) and USAID’s work to support employment of people with disabilities, particularly Albanian youth. At the ceremony the Ambassador distributed certificates to young disabled persons who completed training in job coaching and counseling.

Ambassador Arvizu delivers remarks at a podium
Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 10:30am

TIRANA, MARCH 28, 2013     The U.S. Embassy introduced today the U.S. Government programs that will support Albania's 2013 Parliamentary Elections.  U.S. Ambassador to Tirana, Alexander Arvizu, Chairwoman of the Central Elections Commission, Lefteri Lleshi, Deputy Chair of the  Central Elections Commission, Denar Biba, and representatives from civil society participated in the launch.

Winners of the Microsoft Imagine Cup in Albania
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:30am

TIRANA, MARCH 15, 2013     With the support from the USAD’s Competitive Enterprise Development project (Rritje Albania), Microsoft Albania, and Albania’s Ministries of Education and Science and Innovation and ICT,  Albania held its second  Imagine Cup Competition to support technology and innovation to advance economic and social developments in Albania. 

Audio recording equipment for courtroom
Friday, March 15, 2013 - 7:00am

DURRES, MARCH 15, 2013     Durres is now the second appellate district in Albania to have the digital audio recording (DAR) system function in both the district and appellate courts. Following this milestone, the USAID’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST) which is supporting DAR implementation in every Albanian courtroom, organized today the second Regional Court Leadership Conference.

Two women exchange business cards
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 12:15pm


With the support of USAID, through the Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST), and in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania (AmCham), the Law Faculty of the University of Tirana organized for the first time a “Career Day” in its premises, today.

USAID Supports “Career Day” for Tirana University Law Students
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 10:00am

TIRANA, MARCH 12, 2013     With the support of USAID, through the Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project (JuST), and in collaboration with the American Chamber of Commerce in Albania (AmCham), the Law Faculty of the University of Tirana organized today the first “Career Day” for its students. The Dean of the Faculty, Altin Shegani, the USAID/Albania Mission Director, Jim Barnhart, and AmCham Albania Executive Director, Floreta Luli-Faber were on hand for the ceremonial opening.


Last updated: January 26, 2015

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