Strengthening Haiti’s Judicial System .

Democracy and Governance | Anti-corruption | Legislative Strengthening | Global Impact Collaboratory
Latin America and the Caribbean

Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program

Project Dates: September 2016 - February 2022
An independent, credible, and effective judicial system will go a long way toward creating and preserving stability in Haiti.

Haitians tend to perceive justice as inaccessible to most citizens, especially in rural areas, and the pursuit of justice as costly and lengthy. The USAID Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP) improved the country’s legal framework, protected citizens’ lawful rights, and increased accountability and oversight within the justice system. JSSP’s primary local counterparts are the Ministry of Justice and the Conseil Superieur du Pouvoir Judiciare (CSPJ), which governs judges and law clerks. In addition to expanding access to justice and protection, the program provided technical assistance to reform the country’s judicial code. The program’s efforts also combatted corruption and promoted effective resource management. Investing in Haiti’s approach to case management allowed 18 jurisdictions to accelerate judicial cases and increase the transparency of the legal process.

49,756

cases were entered in the court management information system (CMIS) across 13 jurisdictions in Haiti.

13,057

individuals from low income or marginalized communities received legal aid or victim's assistance

2,035

judicial and court personnel trained to performed their duties effectively and efficiently

Project Goals


  • Provide direct legal assistance to at-risk populations
  • Create the National Public Defender’s Office, which will reduce the time citizens spend in pre-trial detention before seeing a judge
  • Improve the legal, policy, and regulatory framework for Haiti’s justice system
  • Enhance the judiciary’s role as an independent, credible, and effective authority
  • Improve access to justice and the protection of rights
  • Strengthen civil society constituencies, equipping them to pursue reform in the justice sector

Our Impact Cracking the Case to Strengthen Haiti’s Judicial System

Disorganized systems hindered the Haitian judiciary’s ability to effectively manage cases and curb corruption. USAID's Justice Sector Strengthening Program created a system to give judicial stakeholders the tools they need to help restore efficiency and build public confidence in the country's judiciary.

Haitians tend to perceive justice as inaccessible to most citizens, especially in rural areas, and the pursuit of justice as costly and lengthy. The USAID Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP) improved the country’s legal framework, protected citizens’ lawful rights, and increased accountability and oversight within the justice system. JSSP’s primary local counterparts are the…

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The USAID-funded Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP), implemented by Chemonics, improved the country’s legal framework, protected citizens’ lawful rights, and increased accountability and oversight within the justice sys

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