The project teams of the Council of Europe and the Justice Academy of Turkey briefed the selected judges of the pilot family courts within the Project on “Improving the Effectiveness of the Family Courts: Better Protection of the Rights of Family Members”, on 8 October 2021 regarding the project and its activities.
The pilot family court judges from seven geographical regions of Turkey gathered for the first time and were informed on the scope and activities of the Project, which aims at improving the family court procedures in terms of ensuring effectiveness and standardisation, and minimising secondary trauma on parents and children.
The Project selected Ankara, İzmir, Sakarya, Ordu, Hatay, Kars and Mardin courthouses of various sizes from the seven regions of Turkey as pilot courthouses to take part in Project activities, in particular the needs analysis activity. The pilot courts will also have active role in development of guidelines and tools and implementation of awareness raising activities.
The Project on “Improving the Effectiveness of Family Courts: Better Protection of the Rights of Family Members” is co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and is implemented by the Council of Europe and Justice Academy of Turkey. The Project aims to ensure rule of law and fundamental rights in Turkey as fully in line with international and European standards and to improve the effectiveness of family courts in protecting the rights of women, children, and other family members.