Strengthen and support the Criminal Justice System

Supporting the development of a coherent framework of the Criminal Justice Institutions

EUPOL COPPS is currently working with the key Palestinian Criminal Justice Institutions (CJIs) in developing a coherent legal framework which clearly defines their respective mandates, roles and responsibilities. Activities currently being undertaken are the building up of consensus between the CJIs; the implementation of coordination mechanisms and instruments that guarantee effective cooperation between the CJIs; and  the provision of technical assistance aimed at contributing to local efforts to review, update, and implement legislation with respect to the clarification of the mandates of the CJIs.

 

Supporting Criminal Justice Institutions’ structures

EUPOL COPPS legal experts are working to improve and strengthen the internal organizational and administrative structures of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), High Judicial Council (HJC), Attorney General’s Office (AGO), and the Palestinian Bar Association (PBA). Such support ranges from working with the MOJ in implementing a transformation plan aimed at enhancing its internal working capabilities and external service delivery; planning and developing a reform plan for the HJC aimed at improving its internal organizational and administrative structures; the conducting of an assessment of the current structure of the prosecutorial service and the provision of recommendations on possible structural changes in order to enhance the AGO’s efficiency and effectiveness; and the development and implementation with the PBA of a plan aimed at improving its internal organizational and administrative structure.

 

Supporting the operational capacity of Criminal Justice Institutions

EUPOL COPPS is currently supporting prosecutors, judges, defence lawyers, and the PBA in acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills to investigate, prosecute, defend, and adjudicate criminal cases in an efficient and effective way, in the following four key areas: a) cybercrime; b) violent crimes; c) economic and financial crimes; d) legal drafting, litigation techniques and case management.

Further, EUPOL COPPS is also supporting the adoption of measures by the CJIs to reduce delays in criminal cases which result from inadequate working methods of judges; supporting prosecutors, judges, and defence attorneys in enhancing effective and efficient international cooperation and assistance; and the provision of support towards the institutionalization of judicial trainings by supporting the Palestinian Judicial Institute to deliver services in an efficient and sustainable way.

 

Foster access to Justice, respect of human rights, basic freedom and rule of law

EUPOL COPPS supports the CJIs along with the PCP in providing/supporting the provision of equitable criminal justice based on the principles of non-discrimination and respect for human rights. EUPOL COOPS’s aim is to assist these institutions to progressively secure access to justice, notably through the application of fair trial principles and due process guarantees, and in setting up mechanisms to effectively protect the rights and safety of victims and witnesses.

 

Strengthening the Palestinian Anti-Corruption institutions

Following the enactment of a number of laws aimed at enhancing the PA’s efforts to fight corruption, EUPOL COPPS has supported the PACC and CCC with capacity building and training activities on technical matters ranging from money laundering investigations, financial crimes investigations, to adhering to the UN Convention against Corruption. Following these activities, a joint two-year UNDP/EUPOL COPPS programme was launched aimed at strengthening the PACC and CCC through additional trainings and the refurbishment of the CCC. Upon the recent completion of this programme, EUPOL COPPS is currently focusing on the provision of technical training for PACC prosecutors and CCC judges on a number of specialized areas, as well as supporting in the identification and acquisition of necessary equipment, and the development of infrastructure needed to enhance their capacities.