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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Justice - Security, Services

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Local and Regional authorities

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for proposals

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Funds for: strengthening the independence, quality, efficiency, accountability and public trust in the Armenian judicial system 
Main beneficiaries: Government Department, public body

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds for: strengthening the independence, quality, efficiency, accountability and public trust in the Armenian judicial system 
Main beneficiaries: Government Department, public body

Priorities and funded actions:

Objective
* To strengthen the independence, quality, efficiency, accountability and public trust in the Armenian judicial system in line with priorities as identified by the Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and EU’s best practices;
* To implement the Strategy on Judicial and Legal Reforms 2019-2024 through improving the independence, transparency, quality, management, efficiency and effectiveness of the Armenian judiciary, including courts, the Academy of Justice and of the Prosecution systems;
* To improve the legislation related to civil and administrative justice to assist in de-blocking the system through increase in alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, adequate court fee structures and rules for admissibility of cases in first instance and for appeals;
* To improve the planning, budgeting, case management, analytical and statistical, organizational and HR management capacities (including strategy implementation and monitoring capacities) of the MOJ, the Supreme Judicial Council (and its Judicial Department), penitentiary and probation systems, the Prosecution and training institutions in order to improve efficiency and transparency of the systems

Priorities
* Access to Justice for all;
* Restoration of people’s confidence in the Justice system;
* To foster democracy and rule of law

Among financed actions
* Management, independence, quality and efficiency of the Judiciary and Courts and of the Prosecution
–   Assist the government, Judiciary and Prosecution in reviewing the Judiciary and Prosecution governance arrangements to comply with European (incl. Venice Commission) recommendations and standards;
–  Assist the SJC in the implementation of the evaluation system for judges and a true system of advancement in career with clear criteria in line with European standards. In cooperation with the SJC, develop the necessary basis for ensuring  functional, systemic, material and social independence of judges and the court staff; 
* Related to the Justice Academy
–  Assist the Justice Academy in developing and delivering relevant trainings based on the training needs analysis;
–  Support National Chamber of Advocates/School of Advocates in the implementation of a training program for lawyers and the lawyer’s candidates where relevant; ;
* Administrative and Civil justice
– Support the review of the court fee system with a view to secure a reasonable level of cost recovery and rationalisation of use of the court system still with access to justice concerns in mind;
– Develop Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) and their increased use and awareness, e.g. administrative appeal boards, peace judges etc. following examples in EU and other OECD countries
* Develop planning, budgeting, analytical and statistical, organizational and HR management – (including strategy implementation and monitoring) capacities of Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the justice institutions
– Provide assistance to the Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the relevant judicial institutions, in implementing the Strategy on Judicial and Legal Reforms 2019-2024;
– Support the MOJ in implementation of monitoring aimed at assessment of effectiveness of the institute of early conditional release or replacing the unserved term of punishment with milder penalty

Additional information
* This call for proposals is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the action: 24 months

* Eligibility:
 Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a competent Government Department, Public body, or relevant mandated body of a Government Department or public body authority of a European Union Member State in the fields related to this action;
– Be established in a Member State of the European Union

– The lead applicant must act with co-applicant(s);
– Co-applicants must include at least one competent Government Department, Public body, or relevant mandated body of a Government Department or public body authority of a European Union Member State in the fields related to this action;
– Co-applicant must be from a different Member States than the lead applicant

– Action must take place in Armenia