PROGRAM AREAS & OPPORTUNITIES

  • Court Management and Administration
  • Judicial Independence
  • Judicial Ethics and Accountability
  • Strategic Planning and Program Design

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Kosovo - KLP Program

NCSC is pleased to announce the award of the Kosovo Legal Profession (KLP) Program, a three-year cooperative agreement with USAID in Kosovo. The program will work with university law faculties to enhance clinical legal education, and with the Chamber of Advocates' to strengthen continuing legal education programs and membership services. 

KLP

 The newly renovated Skenderaj/Srbica Municipal Court in central Kosovo was inaugurated in 2010.

 NCSC is partnering with New Perimeter, a wholly integrated non-profit affiliate of global law firm DLA Piper, whose mission is to provide pro-bono legal support for projects of global concern. In cooperation with USAID, NCSC and New Perimeter are working to advance the quality of legal education and foster the increasing specialization of the legal profession in Kosovo. NCSC has worked with DLA Piper and New Perimeter in Kosovo since 2005, beginning with the creation of the judicial branch of government and the Judicial Council charged to administer an independent and accountable judicial system.

NCSC and New Perimeter welcome the opportunity to continue cooperation with USAID in support of the development of an equitable and transparent justice system in Kosovo. Meet the team.

Jeffrey Apperson, Vice President of NCSC’s International Division remarked, “We are honored to have the continuing opportunity to serve the United States and support the citizens of Kosovo.”

Kosovo Assembly Strengthening Program

NCSC is partnering with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) through the Kosovo Assembly Strengthening Program (KASP) to provide legislative educational activities for the Kosovo Assembly for a three-year project which began in 2009.

The activities are designed to enhance the decision-making capacity of the members of parliament (MPs) and professionalize the staff through tested management and skills training programs. The activities include the creation of the Kosovo Assembly Staff Management Institute and a series of workshops, consultations and other activities to address specific needs.

Tasks

1. More informed decision-making by MPs by building internal capacity in Assembly Committees and staff for policy analysis, accessing external resources in key legislative areas.

2. Improved administration and legislation management practices through a reinforced review process, including fiscal implications of laws, and an institutionalized hearings process.

3. More effective Committees through increased public participation in hearings with an enhanced role for CSOs, think tanks and experts in hearings

4. Better monitoring and oversight of the implementation of laws and government budgets

5. Increased legislative transparency and outreach through more effective public outreach services and use of information technologies.

Accomplishments

  • NCSC is conducting training workshop which provide skill training for committee staff and others involved in the review and professional analysis of draft laws, key research to understand legal and policy issues raised by the laws, actual drafting of those amendments, and explanatory documents and oral presentations that accompany them.
  • Workshop participants review the new Kosovo Legislative Drafting Manual, which was developed by NCSC under the USAID-funded Kosovo Justice Support Program (2007 – 2010). Using the Kosovo Legislative Drafting Manual as a tool for joint skills-building workshops has helped develop best practices for committee staff and participation in a series of interactive exercises.

Strengthening the Kosovo Judicial System

Under contract with USAID, NCSC launched the Kosovo Justice Support Program (KJSP) in June 2007. KJSP is a 3-year, $19.5 million follow-on project to the previous Judicial System Reform Activity in Kosovo (JSRAK).

The underlying objective of all KJSP activities is to support an independent judiciary, and to increase the operational capacity of the system to administer justice fairly and efficiently. The KJSP Team is staffed with subject matter experts, experienced project managers, and implementation specialists—including 6 long-term international advisors and a team of 20 local advisors and project support staff. Visit the Kosovo Justice Support Project website here.

Tasks

1. Improve the capacity of the Kosovo Judicial Council

2. Improve court administration

3. Ethics and professional training of judges, prosecutors, and court staff

4. Effective representation of non-Albanian populations

5. Legal drafting and policy formulation within the MOJ

6. Establish an effective Public Prosecutors Office

Accomplishments

1. Improve the capacity of the Kosovo Judicial Council (KJC)

  • New court structure proposed and endorsed by most stakeholders.
  • KJC and courts collaborate in the submission of judicial budget request for the first time.
  • Court design standards developed for the KJC.
  • CourTools endorsed for performance measurement in Kosovo courts.
  • Produced three public service announcements focused on judicial independence, equal access to justice, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  • Original TV series, Inside Justice, developed and broadcast—the first courtroom drama developed for a uniquely Kosovar audience
  • Critical internal processes for logistics management, personnel management and budget control designed and implemented.

2. Improve court administration

  • Comprehensive court management training delivered in the model courts.
  • First training organized by execution clerks for execution clerks.
  • Court renovations completed in Peja, Prizren, and Ferizaj and underway in Skenderaj, Kamenica, and Pristina.
  • Central filing and archival offices created and implemented to provide comprehensive file control and management.

3. Ethics and professional training of judges, prosecutors, and court staff

  • Magistrate’s School launched with support of KJSP.
  • Continuing Legal Education Program maintained with the support of KJSP.
  • Courses for new magistrates and prosecutors in a wide range of areas including legal writing, legal reasoning, ethics and case management designed and delivered.

4. Effective representation of non-Albanian populations

  • Participation of minority candidates in judicial and prosecutorial reappointment process.
  • Establishment of Committees for Women & Minorities in key professional associations.
  • Increased coordination of Legal Aid, Chamber of Advocates, and Court Liaison Offices.

5. Legal drafting and policy formulation within the MOJ

  • Completion of comprehensive legislative training program.
  • Legislative Drafting Manual: A Guide to Drafting Laws in Kosovo – the first comprehensive guide to legislative drafting published, with almost 1,000 copies distributed to local and international counterparts.
  • Legislation to restructure the courts and prosecutorial system in Kosovo drafted.

6. Establish an effective Public Prosecutors Office

  • Successful replication of Prosecution CMIS pilot projects.

Highlights

Kosovo, November 2012: Promoting Gender Equality & Empowerment
Kosovo, September 2012: Enhancing the Legal Profession
Kosovo, March 2012: Celebrating International Womens’ Day