November 2020 – December 2021

This project is conducted within the framework of the Neighborhood Partnership of the Council of Europe with Morocco 2018-2021 and with the support of Liechtenstein, Norway and Spain

Context of the Project

The Council of Europe has established close cooperation with Morocco from 2011 with the aim of accompanying the democratic reform process, with the three pillars of the Organization - the protection of human rights, the establishment of the rule of law and democracy - as the guiding thread of its action.    

Following the adoption of the 2011 Constitution, Morocco undertook a profound reform of its judicial system, to which the adoption in 2013 of a Charter for the Reform of Justice gave a precise implementation framework.

From 2016 to 2018, the Joint EU/CoE Programme to support the justice sector reform - improving the functioning of justice in Morocco using the tools of the CEPEJ - has really given a new dimension to this cooperation.

CEPEJ provided direct support to several Moroccan courts (the "pilot courts") to disseminate its tools to improve the efficiency and quality of justice services provided to court users. The Ministry of Justice also incorporated CEPEJ indicators to assess the activity and performance of Moroccan courts. 

Finally, the previous project aimed to strengthen the operational capacity of key justice stakeholders in Morocco, including heads of courts, the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), and the Presidency of the Prosecution Services, both of which established in 2017.    

At the same time, Morocco became an official observer to the CEPEJ.

The CEPEJ and Morocco will develop and deepen this cooperation to in a more targeted manner to accompany Moroccan reforms concerning judicial institutions.

Project's objectives

The project is divided into three components.

  • The first component focuses on cooperation with the Ministry of Justice and aims to improve the functioning of the public service of justice and the judicial process in Morocco. This improvement involves strengthening the capacity of the Ministry of Justice and justice professionals, but also supporting the digital transformation of Moroccan justice, and will take into account lessons learned from the management of the health crisis. 
  • The second component focuses on cooperation with the Presidency of the Prosecution Services, and aims to strengthen its capacity to work and exchange with the prosecutors' offices in the field, but also to support the improvement of the effectiveness of the work carried out by the prosecutors' offices directly.
  • Finally, a third component consists in promoting a better functioning of the public service of justice through the sharing of good practices and approximation to European standards.

Project beneficiaries and stakeholders

Ministry of Justice, Presidency of the Prosecution Services, Prosecution services in courts, Courts, Judges and non-judge staff, legal professionals.

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Awareness-raising workshop on change management towards digital justice for the administrative directors of the Moroccan courts in the Agadir region

23 November 2021 Agadir (Morocco)

On 23 November 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a face-to-face workshop in Agadir and online with CEPEJ experts to raise awareness of change management towards e-justice for the administrative directors of the courts in the Agadir region. Two similar workshops were organised on 24 June 2021 in Rabat...

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The management of judicial timeframes at the heart of the exchanges with the pilot prosecution offices of Morocco

22 November 2021 Morocco

On 25 November, the CEPEJ will organise, in cooperation with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco, two simultaneous meetings with the pilot prosecution offices: the General Prosecutor's Office of the Safi Court of Appeal and the Prosecutor's Office of the...

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Development of dashboards to improve case management in two pilot prosecution offices in Morocco

27 October 2021 Morocco

On 27 October 2021, the CEPEJ will organise jointly with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco a meeting with two pilot prosecution offices, the General Prosecutor's Office of the Safi Court of Appeal and the Prosecutor's Office of the Khémisset Court of First...

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Awareness-raising workshop on change management towards digital justice for the administrative directors of the Moroccan courts of the regions of Tangiers, Tetouan and Al Hoceima

26 October 2021 Rabat (Morocco)

On 26 October 2021, the CEPEJ will organise a face-to-face workshop in Tanger and an online workshop with CEPEJ experts to raise awareness of change management towards e-justice for the administrative directors of the courts in the northern regions of Morocco. A similar workshop was organised on...

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CEPEJ meets the new Moroccan pilot prosecution offices to exchange on their method of communication with the judicial police

21 October 2021 Morocco

In cooperation with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco, the CEPEJ is organising on 21 October a meeting with the new pilot prosecution offices, namely the General Prosecutor's Office of the Court of Appeal of Beni Mellal and the Court of First Instance of...

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Meetings to present the Recommendations developed by CEPEJ experts to two pilot prosecution offices in the Kingdom of Morocco

16 July 2021 Morocco

On 16 July 2021, the CEPEJ experts will present concrete and specific recommendations formulated within the framework of the evaluation of the functioning and working processes of two pilot prosecution offices of the Programme "Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of tools...

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Coordination meeting with the representatives of the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Kingdom of Morocco on the monitoring of the performance of public prosecutors' offices

11 March 2021 Kingdom of Morocco

Within the framework of the project "Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of the tools developed by the CEPEJ - phase II", conducted since November 2020, CEPEJ experts and representatives of the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's Office will meet by videoconference on...

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Information-gathering meetings with the pilot public prosecutor's offices of the Court of Appeal of Safi and the Court of First Instance of Khémisset in the Kingdom of Morocco

23 and 26 February 2021 Kingdom of Morocco

Within the framework of the project "Improviing the functioning of justice in Morocco on the basis of the tools developed by the CEPEJ - phase II", which started in November 2020, the CEPEJ will organise two online working meetings in partnership with the Presidency of the Public Prosecutor's...

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Meetings to launch the cooperation project between the CEPEJ and the Kingdom of Morocco

05 January 2021 Rabat (Morocco)

Within the framework of the project " Improving the functioning of justice in Morocco based on the tools developed by the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) – phase II", conducted since November 2020 within the framework of the Neighborhood Partnership of the Council of...

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