Supported by COPPS, Ministry of Justice managers meet to plan for the future

The senior management from the Palestinian Ministry of Justice met for a two-day workshop on 27-28 February 2020 in Jericho to discuss the Ministry’s strategy and how it will be implemented until the end of 2022. The event, which was financed and supported by EUPOL COPPS, gave the Minister of Justice and his 30 most senior managers the opportunity to discuss at length how the Ministry could achieve the objectives it has set itself, the role of the Ministry in the overall justice sector in Palestine and in particular, its role in promoting and protecting human rights.

Minister of Justice Dr. Mohammad Shalaldeh underlined the importance of meeting and exceeding public expectations in terms of service delivery, enhancing the way the Ministry responds to complaints as well as the centrality of human rights to the work of the Ministry. Among the ideas the Minister put forward for discussion was a mobile legal clinic for human rights, which could travel around Palestine and meet the needs of citizens, in particular vulnerable people.

The strategic plan for the Palestinian justice sector, which was drafted in 2017 with the support of a number of international organisations, including EUPOL COPPS, was the main focus of discussions. The strategic plan runs until 2022, and as the workshop took place at roughly the mid-point in the plan’s execution, the management team were keen to discuss what had succeeded, and what needed more attention.

“There were some passionate and intense debates among the officials of the Ministry of Justice at the workshop about the Ministry’s objectives, policies and service delivery,” said Peter Stafverfeldt, EUPOL COPPS Ministerial Strategic and Policy Expert, who attended the workshop. “The recommendations gathered during the two days of discussions will be very valuable in strengthening the existing plan and also the draft annual implementation plan against which the strategy’s effectiveness will be evaluated”.

The Ministry of Justice and EUPOL COPPS consider it important to consult civil society on the strategy for the justice sector. Plans for how to integrate the input of legal experts and members of the public with an interest in the judicial system are being developed.