Project : Improving the Efficiency of the Turkish Criminal Justice System

Support to Human Rights National Implementation

Title Improving the Efficiency of the Turkish Criminal Justice System
Project area Turkey
Budget EUR 3 550 000
Funding 85% by the European Union, 10% by the Turkish government, 5% by the Council of Europe
Partner The Ministry of Justice, the Justice Academy, the Telecommunication Authority, the Forensic Medicine Institute, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations, the Ministry of Interior (for the Law enforcement agencies)
Target group(s) Judges, prosecutors, trainee judges and prosecutors, forensic medicine experts, lawyers, law enforcement officials (police and gendarmerie)
Final beneficiaries The Ministry of Justice, the Turkish Justice Academy
Starting date 12 March 2012
Duration 33 months
 

Objectives of the action:

The overall objective of the Project is to contribute to the improvement of the efficiency of the Turkish criminal justice system in line with European standards.

More specifically, the Project aims at improving the application of human rights standards and enhancing the confidence in the Turkish criminal justice system by increasing, through training and transfer of specific skills, competences and training content, the capacity of a range of actors who are called upon to apply the European standards as part of their official function.

 

Estimated results

  1. The capacity of the judiciary and prosecution services to apply the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the delivery of criminal justice is strengthened.
  2. The pre-service and in-service training curricula of the Justice Academy are redesigned in line with the ECHR.
  3. Judicial co-operation is strengthened

Activities

In addition to a launching event that will take place in September 2012 in Ankara, various activities are planned. They are grouped under the 3 main estimated results:

1. Strengthening the capacity of the judiciary and prosecution services to apply the European Convention on Human Rights ECHR in the delivery of criminal justice

  •  Preparation and publication of a comprehensive report based on a needs assessment analysis and 9 fact-finding visits to 3 pilot courthouses (Ankara, Izmir and Malatya)
  •  10 study visits to relevant European institutions for 80 trainers
  •  Placement of 10 trainers in EU member states’ institutions
  •  Recommendations and analysis of legislative amendments required

2. Redesigning the pre-service and in-service training curricula of the Justice Academy in line with the ECHR

  •  8 experts meetings to develop the training curricula of the Justice Academy
  •  Preparation and publication of 14.000 training materials
  •  14 Training-of-trainers seminars for 280 trainers
  •  14 cascade seminar for a total of 420 candidates judges and prosecutors

3. Strengthening judicial co-operation for mutual legal assistance

  •  Preparation of a needs assessment analysis
  •  Working group meetings to draw up recommendations and a strategy
  •  4 study visits to EU member states, Eurojust and European Judicial Network for 10 officials of the Ministry of Justice and 10 liaison prosecutors
  •  Preparation and publication of 3.000 copies of a guidebook  
  •  6 one-day seminars for a total of 120 participants
  •  5 training seminars for 150 prosecutors
  •  Drafting of legislative amendments