Tunisia: Examining the Workload of Investigative Judges

In October 2018, NCSC’s weighted workload experts, Dr. Matthew Kleiman and Dr. Brian Ostrom, conducted a series of interviews with judges of the First Instance Courts of Ariana, Bizerte, and Sousse as part of a Weighted Workload Study. The interviews served to validate preliminary estimates for case weights including how complexity levels were determined, as well as case events, and the time requirements for judges for each case event. The experts also collected monthly case intake and disposition data in five model courts with investigative judges, the First Instance Courts of Ariana, Bizerte, Kef, Sousse 2, and Tozeur.  At the end of their visit, the experts briefed representatives of the High Judicial Council and the Ministry of Justice’s International Cooperation Department and General Inspectorate. The experts explained the weighted workload methodology and its use in optimizing judicial assignment and workload.  The finalized study will inform future program efforts.  

The Improving Court Administration Program is implemented by NCSC and funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).