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Project ID 00088191 Description PBF/LBR/B-2:Enhancing Access t
Fund
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 22 Nov 2013
Theme
Security -W1
Project status Operationally Closed
Country Liberia Participating Organization   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).
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This proposal is multi-dimensional and has a two-phased implementation approach.  The overall strategy is intended to provide critical support to the Ministry of Justice to help enhance effective administrative and operational capabilities of the Liberia National Police (LNP), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and access to justice (including support for the Bureau for Corrections and Rehabilitation) and the fair and speedy prosecution of cases through the Solicitor General’s office. It is also intendend to strengthen the capacity of the Judiciary at the local level.  This will be achieved through the development of two additional Hubs covering 5 counties in total.  The “Harper Hub” to cover Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee and the “Zwedru Hub” to cover Sinoe and Grand Gedeh. 

 Specifically, based on lessons learned from the implementation of the Gbarnga Regional Hub and while infrastructure is very much needed to enhance the work of the justice and security institutions in the hub counties, Phase One of this project will focus on the provision of priority services within the Hub regions. In this regard, the hubs will enhance the existing capacity of the County Attorney Offices in the 5 counties to prosecute cases at the Circuit Court level, the existing capacity of the Office of the Public Defense to provide legal representation at the Magisterial and Circuit Court levels.  Through this strategy, three other services will be offered for the first time: psycho-social, medical referral and legal support / advice to SGBV survivors through the SGBV (Sexual Gender Based Violence) Crimes Unit; monitoring of human rights compliance by justice and security agencies through the Independent Human Rights Commission; referral of citizen requests to available and existing community services as well as referral of citizens’ complaint to justice and security agencies through the Hub Region’s Public Outreach Offices. Finally, civil society organizations will also provide justice advisory, community-based dispute resolution and support services to individuals and communities in the five counties.

The implementation pace of the second Phase of the Hub strategy will depend on the availability of GOL funding and international support. Based on the Justice and Security Technical Advisory Group (JS-TAG) recommendation, the Justice and Security Board is considering different scenarios.  As it stands, Phase 2 includes several prioritized infrastructure projects that seek to continue with the decentralization of security services and to increase access to justice services in the Hub regions. This includes: courthouses in the five counties; housing units for LNP/Public Support Unit (LNP/PSU) Officers; development of a detention center in Barclayville (Grand Kru) and one in Greenville (Sinoe).  It also includes operational arrangements for Justice & Security service providers (LNP/PSU, BIN/BPU, Corrections Officers, to be able to perform their functions in new or existing locations throughout the five counties.  Phase 3 contemplates key projects seeking to enhance the effectiveness of the services provided by justice and security agencies including among others: development of an Access to Justice center; roll-out of criminal case management system; tools for manual record keeping systems; and, installing a communications network to strengthen the command and control capacity as well as the response capacity of the security agencies.

 

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