Justice Sector Support Program, Côte d’Ivoire
Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through a cooperative agreement, the Justice Sector Support Program (“ProJustice”) is a five-year judicial administration, accountability, and access-to-justice program that works with the Ministry of Justice, National Judicial Training Institutes, pilot courts, and civil society organizations. The program's overarching objective is to strengthen the delivery of justice services in Côte d’Ivoire, including improving administration and increasing access to justice. The expected results of the Justice Sector Support Program in Côte d’Ivoire include improved case management; more professional and effective judicial and other justice sector officials; wider understanding of justice issues; and fairer, more uniform adjudication of cases.
Tetra Tech is working towards the following program goals:
- Strengthening training for judiciary police, magistrates, and court staff
- Supporting enhancements to court case management systems, including a pilot computerization program
- Implementing measures to increase transparency and accountability in the courts
- Improving citizens’ access to the Ministry of Justice’s public defense fund
- Strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Justice’s Legal Aid Office
- Supporting public legal awareness activities throughout the country
The project's aim is to provide more citizens with the confidence to seek resolution of disputes through the court system—confidence gained through increased awareness of their rights, better access to legal aid, and reduced corruption. Specific impacts in target courts include improving case processing times, reducing pending case backlogs, and increasing customer service and satisfaction. Other results include more sanctions imposed on corrupt judicial officials and more individuals receiving legal aid.
In 2015 Tetra Tech was awarded an additional tranche of funding from USAID/Washington to incorporate disability rights into the ProJustice program. Activities include a survey of disabled court users’ interactions with the court, production of court user guides in Braille, and recommendations to harmonize Côte d’Ivoire’s legislative framework with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.