Support to Access to Justice and Rule of Law

Graduation of the Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison

The National Prisons Service of South Sudan (NPSSS) feted the graduation of the first batch of 226 inmates and prison staff trained in eight trades at the Vocational Training Centre in Juba Central Prison.

There continues to be widespread violence and lawlessness in South Sudan, accompanied by a lack of institutional capacity to address pertinent issues. The project promotes access to justice and strengthens rule of law institutions through interventions at the institutional and community level through a sector-wide, holistic approach designed to increase the availability, adaptability, and acceptability of justice services in South Sudan.

This approach seeks a positive balance between supply and demand side interventions to ensure that reforms are responsive to the evolving needs of communities served. This iterative process requires evidence- based programming and thus adequate investment in crime statistics, court case management, recidivism rates and prison overcrowding to facilitate policy decision makers to deploy resources efficiently and effectively.  In complement, end user surveys to assess the perception of personal safety and security, and the appropriateness of services provided will serve to promote citizen engagement in the state building process.

The expected outputs of the project are:

Output 1: Increased access to justice to citizens of South Sudan with a special focus on vulnerable groups and women

Output 2: Reduced case backlog and prolonged and arbitrary detention at state level

Output 3: Fostered ascertainment of customary law through continuous research

Output 4:  Capacity of Police, Prisons, Ministry of Justice, Judiciary and legal aid services strengthened



  • One hundred and sixty-one vulnerable people (67 female) in seven states received legal advice, counselling, referrals, mediation services and court monitoring through UNDP-supported Justice and Confidence Centres.
  • One hundred and thirty eight (37 percent female) participants (80 police personnel and 58 community members) were trained on community policing all over the country. Pre- and post-training assessments pointed to an increased understanding and knowledge of issues covered during the trainings. The PCRCs established joint night patrols involving police and locals to identified civilian focal points to attend to identified crime hotspots. The South Sudan National Police Service's quarterly crime statistics reports show that reported incidents of crime in seven targeted states reduced from 38,328 in 2014 to 33,005 in 2015, indicating an overall increase in community security in areas where UNDP is engaged. UNDP supports the SSNPS in producing the statistics reports to analyze crime patterns and locations in order to reduce crime.
  • Sixteen percent of an estimated 38,079 police personnel were issued identity cards after a rigorous verification exercise where 23,022 (3,348 female) were verified and approved. The verification process ensures SSNPS to select qualified polcie personnel to be deployed in the Joint Integrated Police for the Implementation of Peace Agreement.
  • The ECC in Juba remained operational and responded to 6,865 calls including 328 related to SGBV, 670 related to traffic violations, and 1,363 calls for medical emergencies. To improve response efficiency, the project collaborated with Juba City Council to name and install 300 street signs in Juba city. ECC responders also apprehended perpetrators involved in criminal activities and handed them over to the concerned police divisions for further legal action.
  • Forty-six percent (39 female) of the 250 returnees completed refresher courses in the vocational areas they had earlier been trained in. The 250 returnees graduated in seven vocational training areas and were given toolkits upon graduation. Most of the returnees from first batch of 200 returnees are earning their livelihood with knowledge and toolkits they received.
  • In partnership with UNMISS, 32 prosecutors (five female) were trained on human rights, investigations, monitoring and reporting and 40 personnel from the MoJ, NPSSS and SSNPS (eight female) were trained on international criminal justice.
  • Case management system for the MoJ was established and is functional. In 2015, 3500 cases were recorded with a completion rate of 61 percent. This mark a 48 percent increase in disposal rate in comparation to 2014.
  • The pilot phase of the case management system for the JoSS has recorded 1,571 cases at JoSS headquarters in Juba, with a completion rate of 26 percent.
  • Customary laws of six communities were ascertained, bringing the total number of ascertained communities to 26.

Contributions (Funding 2013-2017)

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400,263 USD



10,779,543 USD



7,700,000 USD



500,000 USD



1,930,749 USD



6,667,960 USD



1,500,00 USD

UNWOMEN 100,000 USD  

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UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project (A2J/RoL) provides support for transitional justice initiatives in South Sudan, including the implementation of Chapter V of the Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) and the establishment of the Joint Integrated Police (JIP).

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