Jordan unveils strategy to develop its judiciary

The Palace of Justice
The Palace of Justice. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN  —The Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Council launched the Justice Sector Strategy 2022–2026, which will improve the litigation process, ensure a wider respect for human rights and public freedoms, and consolidate the rule of law.

Tuesday’s event at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Amman, was chaired by Minister of Justice Ahmad Al-Ziyadat, Chief Justice of the Judicial Council and President of the Cassation Court Mohammad Al-Ghazou, and the Judicial Council’s Secretary-General Ali Al-Musaimi. 

The strategy, which is an extension to previous ones in the sector, is a reflection of the Royal Committee’s recommendations, and other national and international proposals and policies, which confirm the importance of the judicial sector, Ziyadat said.

“The main strength in the strategy is His Majesty King Abdullah’s support to the judicial sector,” the minister told the gathering.

He said that a joint approach, in collaboration with the Royal Committee and all those concerned in the sector, was followed to come up with the strategy, which is an update to previous efforts and achievements in the sector.

Ghazou told the attendees that a national specialized committee comprising members from the Jordan Judicial Council, the Judicial Institute, and the Ministry of Justice who worked jointly to determine the strategy’s framework.

“The strategy’s goals aim at making Jordan a model of justice, guaranteeing rights and freedoms, and applying the principle of the rule of law,” Ghazou said.

He shed light on the importance of supporting digital transformation in the justice sector, pointing out that the judicial council will continue to improve procedures in social and economic cases, such as money laundering, among others.

Musaimi said the 2022–2026 strategy envisions “consolidating the rule of law, enhancing the independence of the judiciary, improving the justice system in general, and upgrading the performance of the judicial administration”.

Other goals include improving the litigation processes, achieving justice, and enhancing the “construction and technology” infrastructure of all justice sector institutions, he added.

The judicial council message includes achieving justice through an independent, transparent, and efficient judiciary system that contributes to drawing up the sector’s policies, Musaimi explained.

The five pillars of the strategy include developing the litigation processes, enhancing the judicial and justice teams and their human resources, developing the infrastructure, and improving legislations, Ziyadat said.

That would be followed by a set of indicators and goals that can translate the strategy on the ground, Ziyadat added.

The strategy’s policies and principles focus on achieving an efficient justice system through speeding up the process of litigation and issuing verdicts, while ensuring the quality of the ruling, Musaimi said, outlining the goals of the strategy.

He said the plan is gender sensitive, and took into account the application of human rights on women and underdogs among children and persons with disabilities.

Efficient coordination and guaranteeing people’s rights and freedoms, in addition to sound governance, figure high in the principles of the program, Musaimi explained.

He noted that the strengths and weaknesses of the justice sector were also addressed in the strategy to help improve the sector within the plan’s designated timeframe.

The development stages of the justice sector strategy were in partnership with the EU-funded program “Support to the Rule of Law in Jordan”. اضافة اعلان



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