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Tools for » PBF/SLE/B-4 Capacity Development to the Justice System to Prevent Delays in Trials and to Clear Backlog of Cases
Project ID:00066689Description:PBF/SLE/B-4 Capacity Developme
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 17 Jul 2007
Security -W1
End Date*: 31 Dec 2010
Country: Sierra Leone Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNDP - UNDP(MDTF/PUNO only).

Project Description:

The overall aim of the project is to clear existing backlog of criminal and civil cases both in the Magistrate and High Court (estimated at over 700).  This will reduce the congestion in most prisons across the country and enhanced the justice delivery system.  The project also seeks to develop the operational capacity of the judiciary by providing adequate human and material resources.


Development Goal:

Strengthen the justice sector in Sierra Leone by strengthening the capacity of the justice system to hear and speedily dispose of cases consistent with due process of law and to put in place mechanisms to prevent recurrence of backlog, and thereby prevent one of the root causes to the civil conflict in the country. 

Immediate Objective:

Specific objectives are: a) to ensure transparency and accountability in the Justice System. b) To establish functioning courts with the capacity to hear and adjudicate existing case speedily. c) Create improved access to justice and justice delivery generally throughout the country. d) Increase justice delivery for women and children e) Increase public trust/confidence in the Justice System.


Outputs and Key Activities:

Major activities of the project are: a) Recruit 3 additional Magistrates, 11 State prosecutors and 25 legal executives b) To contract defence lawyers c) Provide housing facilities for State Counsels in the provincial headquarters d) Transport, office facilities and other logistics acquired. e) Backlog cases cleared in the Magistrate and High courts


Furniture and office equipment for the Justice Sector Reform Secretariat; fuel, stationery and consumable supplies for five Magistrate’s Courts and High Courts; 16 vehicles for the Magistrates covering multiple stations; generators for 17 Magistrate Courts; 17 motorbikes and fuel; desktop and laptop computers, copiers, printers and other communication equipment with internet access for all Judges, Magistrates, Registrars throughout the country; construction of new State Prosecutor’s office and residence in Makeni and new office for State Prosecutor in Kenema; 6 vehicles for the Prosecutors and Judicial Legal Advisors in the Provinces and Western Area; and 1 generator for use at the Ministry of Justice in Freetown.


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