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Haiti - Justice : Training of judicial actors
07/09/2010 07:55:18

Haiti - Justice : Training of judicial actors
The Office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Haiti actively contributes to strengthening the capacity of judicial actors. Under the rehabilitation plan of the justice sector for the period January 2010 - June 2011 the Justice component of the project State of Law (État de Droit) of the UNDP has developed a comprehensive strategy of intervention developed aiming at reinforcing the capacities of the actors of the sector.

The State of law project established a series of trainings and workshops which aimed initially to build the capacity of magistrates, but also executives of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, and ultimately to strengthen the administration and distribution of Justice and Security, to liquefy the procedures and improve the timeliness and procedural rights of the person. The band is indeed one of the key components of justice reform in depth.

In close coordination with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and Justice section of the UN Mission for Stabilization in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and under the Joint strategy UNDP/MINUSTAH on State of Law (2010 - 2011), UNDP is implementing an ambitious program of training:

The training of prosecutors at the School of Magistrates:
On Monday, July 19, 2010 launched the first session of training of prosecutors, an initiative aimed at strengthening the capacities of all attorneys in Haiti.

By December 2011 some 100 Haitian prosecutors will undergo training for six weeks and will discuss among others the following topics: ethics, individual liberty in the judicial process, the Operation of public policy, economic crimes and financial, juvenile justice... The initial formation of a new generation of trainee judges

No initial training of trainee judges has held since 2004. The constitution of generation of trained magistrates is more than essential with the good performance of Haitian Justice. Within this framework, and in close coordination with the Ministry for Justice and Public safety, the School of the Magistrature, the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Minustah, the UNDP supports the installation of an initial training of pupils magistrates at the National school of the Magistrature of Bordeaux in France. Within this framework about twenty pupils recruited by the means of a national competition, will follow as from September 2010 the course of the listeners of Justice of the National school of the Magistrature, before carrying out training courses in jurisdiction, initially in France then in Haiti.

The training of judicial police officers on the techniques of criminal investigations:
From September 2010 UNDP and MINUSTAH, as part of their joint strategy, will form the judicial police officers in all courts of the Republic of Haiti. This training on techniques of criminal investigation aimed at judicial police, judges of Peace, Government Commissioners and Judges of education. The groups consist of representatives of each of these institutions and courts will deepen their knowledge in the investigation and especially the functional relationship existing between each player in the investigation. This workshop aims to end not only improving relations between individual actors but also improve the quality of criminal investigations in Haiti and thus facilitate the holding of trials within the time prescribed by law.

At the end of 21 training sessions a report evaluating each group will allow the Department of Justice and Public Security, MINUSTAH and UNDP to develop a more comprehensive training of all actors the criminal chain.

The training of department heads and senior executives of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security:
These are two different configurations to enhance staff knowledge of Ministry of Justice and Security. Continuing education of managers and the training of senior officials from the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety will take place over a period of 16 months at the rate of two days per month. These formations will be held on weekends, so as not to hinder the success of the department, will focus on project management, management, team management, ethics and managerial responsibilities, managing for results ... The first training sessions are planned for the month of September 2010. Working session on the training of OPJ on investigative techniques: UNPOL, Justice section of MINUSTAH and UNDP design, at the request of the Minister of Justice and Public Security made to UNDP, training and media training.

These courses are part of a larger project aiming at strengthening the justice sector in Haiti, as the introduction of new tools in the courts of first instance and Peace and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (Friday, July 30, 2010), supporting the modernization of the criminal code and criminal procedure code, improved working conditions and infrastructure sector (rehabilitation of TPI Jacmel heavily damaged by the earthquake January 12, 2010, and interim staffing infrastructure), monitoring and training on the job in 5 jurisdictions intervention (Les Cayes, Gonaives, Port de Paix, Jacmel and Fort Liberte), strengthening the capacity of the Office Protection of Citizens (Ombudsman) and devolution in the areas of project intervention. All these activities contribute, with other project components (police, prison, reduction in community violence), strengthening the rule of law in Haiti.

S/ HaitiLibre / UNPD

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