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Judicial capacity building and cooperation

Norway supports programmes on judicial capacity building and cooperation in Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective,is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.  

It is often said that ‘justice delayed is justice denied’. The European Court of Human Rights regularly criticises European countries for lengthy court proceedings.

Programmes in this area contribute to strengthen the effectiveness of the courts and improve the accessibility of the judiciary by backing project aimed at increasing the capacity of the courts, as well as staff training. Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms will also be considered.

Programme objective:

  • A fairer and more efficient judicial system

Expected results:

  • Improved access to justice , including for vulnerable persons (e.g. victims, minors, minorities)
  • Alternative dispute resolutions developed (restorative justice)
  • Improved efficiency of the court systems, including the development of systems for case handling
  • Increased competence of actors within the judiciary

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland and Romania.

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