UNDP supports the Ministry of Justice in producing the first case management report

Oct 9, 2015

Mr. Lealem Berhanu Dinku team leader for the UNDP Democratic Governance and Stabilization Unit (right) handing over the case management report to the Under Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Hon. Jeremiah Swaka Moses Wani (right) in the presence of Hon. Filbert Mayuot Marteng, the Prosecutor General (center).

Juba – 9 October 2015:  Today, the Ministry of Justice published its 2014 case management report. This report symbolizes a breakthrough in the establishment of a case management system in the history of the criminal justice system in the Republic of South Sudan.

UNDP supports the Ministry of Justice in establishing a manual case management system that captures criminal offense data at the county, state and national levels. The computation and analysis of the said data culminated into the first ever case management report capturing the year 2014. This report presents the number of cases processed through the formal courts, the nature of offences committed, the case backlog, and the rate of case disposal.

In his key note remarks, the Under Secretary for the Ministry of Justice, Hon. Jeremiah Swaka Moses Wani noted “this report is a milestone in the Ministry of Justice, it is the first since the Ministry was established, and it will assist the Ministry in various ways including planning. The Ministry is grateful to the UNDP team embedded in the Ministry of Justice”.

Hon. Filbert Mayuot Marteng, the Prosecutor General, thanked UNDP for the role they have played in advising, participating in data collection, analysis, and in the eventual production of the report.

In its support to the case management system, UNDP supplied Information and Communication Technology equipment to facilitate the development of a computerized system. In addition, UNDP provides capacity building support to the Ministry’s on the use of case management tools to ensure efficient tracking of cases and timely generation of case statistics.

In his remarks during the handover ceremony,  Mr. Lealem Berhanu Dinku team leader for the UNDP Democratic Governance  and Stabilization Unit said; “The statistics presented in the report are envisioned to provide the Directorate of Public Prosecution of the Ministry of justice with insights regarding case flow, and to identify innovative approaches to reduce case backlog, improve prosecutorial services and act as a baseline for decision making in the deployment of personnel so as to increase efficiency in prosecutorial services”.

UNDP Access to Justice and Rule of Law project supports the Ministry of Justice to increase access to justice for citizens through coordinated institutional capacity building, development of a standardized case management system and putting in place mechanisms to address prolonged and arbitrary detention.

Contact information

Tabani Joseph, Communications Analyst, Email: joseph.tabani@undp.org  

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