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Feedback for the CoE/CEPEJ websites on the PCF Project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova

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Mr Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova: 2
Mr Mihai Poalelungi, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Moldova 3
EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Pirkka Tapiola: 5
Mr Dorel Musteaţă, Judge, Member of the Superior Council of Magistracy of the Republic of Moldova 6
Ms Diana Scobioală, Director of the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova 7
Mr Ion Guzun, CEPEJ national expert, lawyer, member of the NGO „Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM)” 8

Mr Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova:
“I am grateful to the project “Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova”, funded as part of the European Union and the Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance in the Eastern Partnership Countries, for its prolific activity in our country.
Over the past two years, representatives from 6 pilot courts of Moldova, as well as my colleagues at the Ministry of Justice, from the Agency for Court Administration, have been trained to organise surveys in view of measuring court users’ satisfaction with services they received after entering in contact with courts. Officials were also trained and enabled to produce annual court activity reports based on the analysis of statistical performance indicators in line with the CEPEJ recommendations.
We have carefully studied the court coaching reports and the Guide addressed to the judiciary of Moldova. They refer to implementation of the priority criteria of the revised edition of the SATURN Guidelines for judicial time management and the Checklist for promoting the quality of justice and the courts, and were developed by the CEPEJ experts on the basis of the evaluation of the pilot courts. I am decided to encourage further implementation of their suggestions.
Developing the mechanism for performance analysis and management in each individual court of justice, as well as at the national level, is indispensable for optimisation of judicial timeframes. The lessons learned and the good practices developed by the pilot courts will help us to improve the quality of the services provided by courts, increase and maintain citizens' confidence in the administration of justice.
Based on some findings and proposals from the CEPEJ experts, we have also developed a list of recommendations for improving the judicial information system, which was included in the ministry's priorities.”

Mr Vladimir Cebotari, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Moldova
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Mr Mihai Poalelungi, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Moldova
President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Mr Mihai Poalelungi appreciated the contribution of the European Union and the Council of Europe project “Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova”:
“We are firmly convinced that the CEPEJ instruments successfully implemented through the project in six pilot courts, including the Supreme Court of Justice, will improve the efficiency and quality of the judicial process, the services provided to court users. Thanks to the experience and knowledge gained through this project, we acquired practical tools to improve time management in court proceedings, both at court and national levels. Thus, the project responded to a real need of the judiciary at the current stage of optimising the judicial map and the implementation at national level will strengthen the institutional capacities of the courts.”

Mr Mihai Poalelungi, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Moldova
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EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Pirkka Tapiola:  

    “The European Union and the Council of Europe share common values and standards in democracy, rule of law and protection of fundamental rights. Since many years they have joined forces to support democratic reforms. An example of joint intervention is the EU/ CoE Eastern Partnership Programmatic Cooperation Framework 2015-2017 (PCF), funded by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by the Council of Europe.
    The project "Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova" was implemented between March 2015 and March 2017, as part of the PCF. The project supported the cooperation between the judicial authorities of the Republic of Moldova with the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). This is done in order to improve the efficiency of courts and the quality of judicial services.
    Six pilot courts representing all levels of jurisdiction and the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova were coached and implemented the measures recommended by the CEPEJ in their day-to-day activities. The lessons learned from the pilot courts, will help all Moldovan courts and justice sector stakeholders to increase their efficiency and improve the quality of the judiciary.”

H.E. Pirkka Tapiola, EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova  

Mr Dorel Musteaţă, Judge, Member of the Superior Council of Magistracy of the Republic of Moldova

“Undoubtedly, the project implemented by CEPEJ had a positive impact on the work of the judiciary of the Republic of Moldova. Judges and representatives of the pilot courts’ secretariats were familiarised with the main CEPEJ instruments for improving time management and the quality of justice, as well as on how to collect and analyse judicial statistics. The activities of the project also focused on the implementation of satisfaction surveys, as measures to assess and improve the quality of judicial services.
I would like to point out that the project was appreciated by the members of the Superior Council of Magistracy, which supported a follow up in the entire judiciary in Moldova.”

Mr Dorel Musteaţă, Judge, Member of the Superior Council of Magistracy of the Republic of Moldova

Ms Diana Scobioală, Director of the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova
“Thanks to the support of the project “Strengthening the efficiency of justice and support to lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Moldova”, in the judicial initial and continuous training curriculum of the National Institute of Justice have been included and institutionalised the course on judicial management, including the CEPEJ tools. Within this course the emphasis is put on developing the skills necessary to judges and court staff to adequately manage the time and to ensure an overall efficient management of courts. Involvement of the National Institute of Justice in this project has facilitated the sharing of experiences in the field of court management and the taking over of the best practices in enhancing the efficiency of courts and improving the quality of justice, as well the exchanges on the main challenges of judicial training schools.”

Ms Diana Scobioală, Director of the National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova
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Mr Ion Guzun, CEPEJ national expert, lawyer, member of the NGO „Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (LRCM)”
Implementation of the CEPEJ tools in the Republic of Moldova is a great step forward in court administration, court statistics and evaluation of the court services by different users. These tools can be used for a more professional evaluation of the current court administrators or of judges’ professional achievements. I do believe that the pilot courts, the Superior Council of Magistracy and the Ministry of Justice have understood the importance and convenience of implementing such useful mechanisms, including for the evaluation of the court’s and/or judge’s workload.
For me personally, it was a great opportunity to be part of the project’s expert team. I was honoured to implement activities, while learning both from excellent CEPEJ experts and from dedicated court staff. Having had such a good cooperation with the court staff, I hope the CEPEJ tools will be continuously implemented, especially through periodical reporting of the statistical data and court performance indicators to the public, by all the courts and the central judicial administration.

Mr Ion Guzun, CEPEJ national expert
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According to a regular opinion poll called “Barometer of Public Opinion” (http://www.ipp.md/libview.php?l=ro&idc=156&id=820), in April 2017 24% of the respondents to the poll reported having confidence in justice. The public trust in justice measured in previous years used to be much lower (ex. 7.8% in October 2016).
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Moldova appreciates that one of the factors which led to increasing the level of trust of the population in justice is connected to implementation of the cooperation with CEPEJ. For further details please see http://justice.gov.md/libview.php?l=ro&idc=4&id=3470 (in Romanian language).