Millennium’s Open Justice Project is a rule of law program designed to assist the Government of Moldova in improving the efficiency and transparency of the Moldovan judicial system and improving access to justice for the citizens of Moldova. The project is funded by USAID. The Project’s components include:
- Objective 1: Increased Efficiency of the Justice System — Activities to align Case Management System (CMS) updates with recently passed laws complementing court reorganization and optimization (CRO) efforts, develop an overarching Integrated Case Management System (ICMS) to interface with existing and future databases in the justice sector, strengthen court administration processes, and build the capacity of the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to refine legislation consistent with the goals and objectives of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy, in close collaboration with civil society.
- Objective 2: Increased Transparency and Accountability of the Justice System — Activities to advance and fully apply judicial ethics standards, disciplinary procedures, and a sound evaluation and merit-based judicial selection system to reduce corruption risks, strengthen professionalism and integrity, and hold the judiciary accountable for violations of ethical standards and the law.
In implementing these activities, the Open Justice Project works in partnership with key actors and stakeholders within Moldova’s justice system, primarily the SCM, the MOJ, the Agency for Court Administration (ACA), and courts throughout the country.
In addition to implementing court automation and modern information technology (IT) solutions in the judiciary, the Project is assisting its local counterparts to improve caseflow and court processes, streamline the court reorganization process, and publish court performance indicators and a statistical web report card online so that the media and citizens can readily access information about court performance. The Project also digitized all 740,824 decisions issued by the Chisinau District Court from 1965 to 2009. This will contribute to more consistent application of the law by enabling judges and staff from the court to reference and review these decisions online. Together, the Project’s activities will lead to the modernization and automation of Moldovan courts and significantly bolster judicial transparency and accountability.
The Project’s activities are led by a team of experienced national legal experts with in-depth knowledge of the Moldovan justice system. The team is supported by a wide range of international and national experts who provide specialized expertise.