Increasing court efficiency through extraction of legal principles from judicial decisions

Efficient service delivery by the justice institutions is an essential priority for the Palestinian Authority. Consequently, a portion of the Mission’s engagement with the Palestinian justice institutions includes efforts to reduce the backlog of court cases and shortening the time frame for the provision of justice.

To further this process, EUPOL COPPS, through its project “Support to the High Judicial Council on the functions of the courts and public outreach", has completed a 4-day long study visit – from 11 to 14 December 2018 – for four members of the Technical Office of the Palestinian High Judicial Council.

During the study visit to the Court of Cassation (the Supreme Court) of Jordan in Amman, one Palestinian Judge and three Legal Advisers was trained by judges from the Technical Office of the Jordan Judicial Council.

The training specifically focused on the extraction of legal principles from judicial decisions, as a shortcut to shorten the time frame for court proceedings related to similar future cases. According to the Judicial Authority Law, extraction of legal principles is one of the tasks of the Technical Office of the Palestinian High Judicial Council. Later, the project will support publication of the principles in different formats.

Established in 2010, with the support of the European Union among other donors, the Technical Office at Court of Cassation of Jordan has played a crucial role in reducing the backlog of court cases and shortening the time frame for the provision of justice in this court.

Top Photo: EUPOL COPPS Justice Expert Andres Moreno (left) and the Jordanian trainer (Cassation Court Judge) (centre) with the Palestinian participants during one of the training sessions in Jordan.
Bottom Photo: The training in Jordan was delivered by Judges from the Technical Office of the Jordan Judicial Council.