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Judges, prosecutors and lawyers enhance their knowledge on application of alternatives to imprisonment

Chisinau 3 August 2022
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Judges, prosecutors and lawyers enhance their knowledge on application of alternatives to imprisonment

On 3 August 2022, the Council of Europe project “Strengthening the human rights compliant criminal justice system in the Republic of Moldova” organised a workshop on application of alternatives to imprisonment based on the findings and recommendations of the Research report on application of criminal sanctions in the Republic of Moldova.

35 judges, prosecutors and lawyers enhanced their knowledge and professional skills on applying alternatives to imprisonment. The participants also got acquainted with the Council of Europe standards on sanctions and measures alternative to imprisonment, relevant European Court of Human Rights case-law with regard to alternatives to imprisonment, as well as the best practices and lessons learned on the application of alternatives to imprisonment from Council of Europe member states.

 

During the workshop, the participants had the opportunity to exchange views and share experience on the current gaps between the practice in the Republic of Moldova and the Council of Europe standards and recommendations, the existent mechanisms for application of alternatives to imprisonment and implementation of the legal framework in the field. A special session was dedicated to the next steps that have to be taken as to bring about change in the application of alternatives to imprisonment.

 

The workshop was facilitated by the Council of Europe consultants, Mr Paul Mageean (Northern Ireland) and Mr Vladimir Grosu (Republic of Moldova).

The workshop took place within the framework of the Council of Europe project “Strengthening the human rights compliant criminal justice system in the Republic of Moldova”, which is part of the Council of Europe Action Plan for the Republic of Moldova for 2021-2024.