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Improving Justice Sector Performance in Albania

To increase transparency, fairness, and efficiency, the Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project streamlined courts and strengthens legal education, advocacy, watchdog, and anticorruption roles of civil society and the media.

​In partnership with USAID, Chemonics worked with Albanian court leadership to adopt practices and technology that improve efficiencies in individual courts and provide better information and services to the country’s citizens. The Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project collaborated with targeted courts to install audio recording systems which make complete, accurate proceedings available to citizens. Additionally, the project teamed up with pilot courts to expand the use of mediation for resolving commercial and family law disputes to reduce the courts’ workload.

Through targeted training and grants, the project built the capacity of civil society organizations to engage and monitor justice institutions, as well as effectively advocate for and increase public awareness about judicial reforms. This involved strengthening the organizational capacity of professional associations, like the Union of Judges, and nongovernmental organizations and empowering them to take action. The project also developed ways to improve media capacity to report on court cases, judicial reforms, and corruption. 



The project improved the legal profession through its work with the National Chamber of Advocates, initiated in two regional chambers, to develop a meaningful continuing legal education program.
By engaging in the above reforms, the project helped Albania’s justice sector transform into a better functioning institution that is accountable to the public.

Project Results:

  • Installed digital audio recording (DAR) equipment in all 38 courts in the country in a total of 160 courtrooms
  • Created the first Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program in Albania
  • Established an independent media venue that published 63 corruption-related cases and trained 38 journalism students on investigative techniques
  • Worked with University of Tirana Law Faculty (ULTF) to create a legal clinic that trained 152 students in trial preparation

Final report

Project duration: 2010 - 2015



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