Lebanon: Improving Court Archiving

In March and April 2019, NCSC conducted an initial assessment on court archiving capacity in select locations in Beirut, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through a new Court Archiving Project in Lebanon.

The assessment was done by collecting information on archiving capacity, current archiving conditions, court practices and procedures, and the technological infrastructure of the courts. The assessment team interviewed representatives from the Lebanese High Judicial Council (HJC), the Court of Cassation, the Arab Center for the Rule of Law and Integrity (ACRLI), and INL. The team identified challenges such as a lack of specialized IT personnel at the HJC, a lack of consistency in the organization of case records at the Court of Cassation, and poor storage and maintenance conditions. The information collected during this assessment will help inform the design of activities to create a digital and physical archive, to train court clerks to maintain court archives, and invest in the capacity of the HJC to conduct future training. 

The Court Archiving Project is funded by INL and implemented by NCSC in partnership with ACRLI.