Building the Capacity of the Criminal Justice System in Jordan, Including Juvenile Courts, to Manage and Process Cases of Children in Conflict with the Law in Accordance with International Standards

Project Status: Completed

Project Duration: 01/01/2006 - 30/04/2007

Total Budget: US$ 129,837

Donors: Netherlands

Partners

Ministry of Justice

UNDP

Target Groups

Children in conflict with the law, or at risk;

Child victims of crime, with a special emphasis on girls;

Magistrates, judges and prosecutors in ordinary and juvenile courts;

Social workers;

Policy-makers and officials and staff of the Ministry of Justice; and

Staff in the corrections system, police officers and social workers responsible for dealing with children

Outline and Objectives

The project complements project JOR/R56 entitled Strengthening the Legislative and Institutional Capacities of the Juvenile Justice System in Jordan, by extending UNODC assistance in the juvenile justice field to the Ministry of Justice and the court system in particular. It aims to build the capacity of the court system in Jordan, including those juvenile courts currently in operation, to manage and process cases of children in conflict with the law, in accordance with international standards. To achieve this objective the project will include the following:

  • Fully assessing the functioning and case-flow of the judicial system with regard to children in conflict with the law, in order to effectively outline a programme of improvements;
  • strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Justice to contribute to the development and implementation of policies in the juvenile justice sector based on international standards;
  • strengthening the capacity of judges, magistrates and prosecutors to deal fairly and effectively with cases involving children in conflict with the law;
  • improving the quality of the social worker's assessment report presented in court in order to deal fairly and effectively with cases involving children in conflict with the law; and
  • enhancing the capability of the three existing juvenile courts to process cases more effectively, through, amongst others, computerization of records and provision of basic equipment.