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.