Kosovo Prosecutorial Council
The Kosovo Prosecutorial Council (KPC) is a new and independent body that serves both a policy-making and an administrative role for the prosecution service. USAID will assist in drafting a KPC Strategic Plan that incorporates best practices and international know-how. In addition, the assistance envisages development and drafting of rules and regulations to affect the Law on the KPC. Finally, the Effective Rule of Law Program will work with the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council to improve its communications with the public. The goal is to build a foundation for an efficient organizational structure, and professional staff with a strategic plan, cogent internal rules, and a well-defined public relations strategy.
Presidency, Ministry of Justice, Constitutional Court
USAID through its Effective Rule of Law Program will continue to build and strengthen the capacities of the Constitutional Court in drafting written opinions, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in areas such as litigation, international cooperation and legislation; and the Office of the President to develop procedures and policies for the selection of judges and prosecutors.
Kosovo Judicial Institute
USAID and the Kosovo Judicial Institute (KJI) have worked together extensively. The Effective Rule of Law Program will build on what has been done previously, shifting from creating law courses in priority areas to capacity building ; the goal is to enable the KJI to stand alone as the sustainable education program for Kosovo’s judges and prosecutors , focusing on developing in-house training skills and training materials.
USAID will work closely with Civil Society Organizations (CSO) that will monitor and report on the justice sector, providing support for real improvement through increased public confidence in the justice system. The Effective Rule of Law Program will reach out to minority communities to make sure that they have, and believe that they have, equal access to justice in Kosovo.
The Model Courts program represents a significant success of USAID in Kosovo. Model courts were created initially in 10 courts, which resulted in improved case handling and “customer service,” as well as remodeling court buildings to enable best practice functionality. Glass windows in the work areas provide transparency for the public, while court rooms are open to litigants and the public; previously, cases were decided behind chamber doors. USAID, with additional financial support from the Norwegian Government, will refurbish all courts in Kosovo.
Project Duration: March 2011 – March 2015
USAID Contact: Merita Stublla – Emini
Implementing Partner: Checchi & Co
Last updated: June 11, 2013