Supporting the Ministry of Justice in strengthening its public information

EUPOL COPPS is working with the Criminal Records Department of the Ministry of Justice to enhance the ministry’s information to the public about its service delivery.

Recently the Mission has been developing two information leaflets to inform the Palestinian public on the issue of non-conviction certificates and legalization of documents. On 25 June, the Mission delivered 1,000 copies of each leaflet to the Criminal Records Department. The two information products have been developed in cooperation with the Head of the Criminal Records Department, Yousef Obeid and will be made available online and disseminated to potential users of the services.

A non-conviction certificate is an official document that certifies that a person has not been convicted of a crime or felony by a final judgment. The certificate is a prerequisite for employment in Palestinian public institutions and some private corporations. It is also needed for renewal of various licenses, for visa purposes or for scholarships applications.

The Criminal Record Legalizations Department provides legalization of documents. Legalization is the process of authenticating or certifying a legal document so a foreign country's legal system will recognize it as with full legal effect. Examples of documents that can be legalized are officially translated documents, powers of attorney, birth, death and marriage certificates and decisions delivered by Courts.

Top photo: Ministerial Strategic and Policy Expert Anders Cedhagen (right) presenting the final product to the Head of the Criminal Records Department, Yousef Obeid on 25 June 2019.
Bottom photo: The two leaflets, one informing about non-conviction certificates and the other about legalization of documents.