NCSC Pledges Support to Tunisia

Apperson visits Tunisia

From left, NCSC International Vice President Jeffrey Apperson stands with Abderrazek Kilani, Minister in Charge of Relations with the Constituent Assembley.

Following the election of Constituent Assembly members tasked to draft a new Constitution in Tunisia, NCSC Vice President Jeffrey Apperson traveled to Tunis in November 2011 to meet with justice sector leaders and NCSC’s country representative.

Justice sector leaders, including members of the Tunisian Bar, shared their expectations and priorities for reform of the judiciary in Tunisia, and shared their interest in building a more effective and efficient court system that will serve as a pillar of democratic governance and promote economic growth in the country.

Mr. Apperson called attention to the unique opportunity for Tunisians to strengthen the independence and accountability of judicial system in order to better meet the needs of citizens, and increase the confidence of citizens and commercial enterprises in the effectiveness of the courts to uphold the Rule of Law.

"I was pleased to hear that one of the first reform priorities may be to establish a Judicial Council to balance executive power, and also that the Ministry of Justice was interested in studying a variety of modern national court governance and administration models.

As Vice President for NCSC’s International Programs, Mr. Apperson expressed NCSC’s commitment to the Tunisian people and our willingness to share best practices and lessons learned from our experience in the 50 U.S. states and around the world.”