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Assistance with caseload management

In addition to the projects in Albania, Serbia and Iraqi Kurdistan the Foundation prepared similar recommendations to the judicial authorities in Bahrain in December 2012, following a visit by a retired appellate judge, a QC and a retired senior court administrator.

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Assistance with legislative reform

In Albania one of the priorities identified by the EC as a condition for a positive recommendation on Albania’s EU candidate status was the introduction of new legislation on the High Court. However the new law became mired in internal political processes but the Foundation was able to use its independent position to enable negotiations […]

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Improving ethics codes and disciplinary processes for judges and advocates

In Albania, a team led by James Dingemans QC (now Mr Justice Dingemans) and including two Albanian-speaking lawyers, recommended the introduction of new arrangements for handling and processing complaints against advocates.  This report led to the agreement and enactment of major amendments to the Law on Advocates.  The Foundation advised on how this law should […]

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The selection, appointment and promotion of judges

In Albania the Foundation prepared a report for the Magistrates’ School (the judges’ training school) in which it recommended new methods for sifting candidates for entry to the School.  Its recommendations were accepted, and their implementation led to a dramatic reduction in the number of aspiring candidates, now that it was seen that entry to […]

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Court reform

In Albania the Foundation identified the weaknesses in the way the appointments system to the High Court was working/ not working and also in that court’s very serious backlog of cases.  Working closely with the Chief Justice, the Albanian Ministry of Justice and the EU Rule of Law Mission in Tirana its efforts led to […]

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