Support to the Judiciary

Increasing judiciary efficiency

The project was designed to develop existing structures and establish new ones to increase judiciary efficiency and provide a foundation for good governance, constitutional rights observance and sustainable development through knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer.


  • UNDP facilitated a study tour for a team of eight Justices to the Kenyan Judiciary in Nairobi to explore options for capacity building support for the Judiciary of South Sudan (JoSS).
  • UNDP organized a customized IT and computer skills training for nine Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and High Court in Juba.
  • UNDP conducted a training coordination mission to potential legal training institutions in Uganda (Law Development Centre and the Judicial Studies Institute) regarding organizing legal/judicial training courses for JoSS staff.
  • With the support of UNDP, JoSS commissioned the Judicial Studies Institute to conduct training for 20 South Sudanese judges in Kampala in October 2008.
  • UNDP facilitated the attendance of two female judges to a gender justice conference in Ghana.
  • UNDP facilitated a study tour to Namibia and Botswana for an 11 member Sudanese delegation comprising of members of the judiciary, Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development (MoLACD), Local Government Board and traditional authorities in October 2008. The delegation was looking at how Namibia and Botswana have harmonized their statutory law systems with customary law. This experience will inform the development of a strategy on how to manage the interaction of statutory and customary law in South Sudan.
  • Technical support was given to maintain ICT equipment, upgrade and update website and intranet facilities, establish an e-library, and to train JoSS ICT officers.
  • Publication, printing and dissemination of judicial documents such as payam and local courts reports were completed in 2010. Printing and dissemination of recently enacted laws continued.

Infrastructure development:

  • As part of UNDP’s infrastructure support to JoSS, technical assessments were completed in 2008 for selected locations of the Judiciary’s court facilities in: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, and Western Equatoria States.
  • Equipment was procured for JoSS, including transportation equipment for the Supreme Court and the Special Courts.
  • Renovation of the residence of the President of the Appeal Circuit for Greater Upper Nile (Malakal) was completed in 2009.
  • Renovation of the Yambio High Court building (with a new holding cell) was completed in 2010 and furniture and a generator were provided.
  • Renovation of the Raja County Court building completed in 2010 and furniture provided.
  • Construction of Bor High Court is ongoing; it began in December 2010.


Donor name
Contributing amount
DFAIT 828,531 USD
DFID 2, 444,175 USD
Norway 730,000 USD
UNDP 100,001 USD

Delivery in last fiscal year

Year Total amount delivered
2011 767,549 USD
2010 460, 119 USD
2009 1, 038, 533 USD
2008 900,000 USD
2007 1,280,000 USD
Project Overview
Project start date:
September 2006
Estimated end date:
December 2012
Geographic coverage
All states in South Sudan
Focus Area:
Democratic Governance
Project officer:
Emmanuel Joof
Portfolio Manager
The Judiciary of South Sudan