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Training of Libyan judges in the Czech Republic

During the last week of May 2013, the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the United Nations Development Programme in Libya (UNDP) have organised a 5-day seminar for 11 Libyan judges and other judicial experts on the Status of Judges, Management of Courts and Securing Human Rights during the Court Proceedings. The course was highly appreciated by the Libyan side and with the intention to contribute to the process of judicial reform which is of vital importance for Libya’s successful transition to democracy, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Ministry of Justice decided to organize a similar event this year in September in Prague.

The seminar took place at the premises at of the Judicial Academy of the Czech Republic in the town of Kroměříž. It was focused on further expanding theoretical knowledge among the Libyan experts about the management and status of courts, selection and training of judges, case load management, e-justice applications and alternative sanctions; the application of UN norms and standards was also discussed as they have direct relevance for Libya. The pool of experts who contributed to the debates included representatives of UNDP, the Czech Ministry of Justice, Constitutional Court, Supreme Administrative Court, Union of Judges and the Probation and Mediation Service. A whole day was devoted to a visit to Brno, the „judicial capital of the Czech Republic”, where the guests from Libya visited the Supreme Court as well as a prison.

By organising the seminar in Kroměříž, the Czech Republic and UNDP have intended to contribute to the process of judicial reform which is of vital importance for Libya’s successful transition to democracy and the establishment of rule of law in the country.