UNDP: Southern Sudan Judiciary targets priorities with UNDP Support

September 11 2006, Juba – UNDP has contributed $360,000 to support the Judiciary of Southern Sudan with technical advice, and to develop a training strategy for the judges and support staff, and to enable planning for the overall rehabilitation of courts and other buildings.

Developed by the Judges, in close consultation with the UNDP, the lead agency in the rule of law sector, the support activities seek to address the Judiciary's immediate needs. A key component of the activities is to bring together judges from across Southern Sudan to finalise the draft Judiciary Act and the Judicial Service Commission Act.

The Chief Justice of the Judiciary of Southern Sudan, Mr. Ambrose Riny Thiik, thanked the UNDP for its support to the Judiciary during the signing ceremony held on September 8, 2006. He said the Judiciary would continue to work closely with the UNDP to establish a fully-fledged and effective judicial system.

UNDP Southern Sudan Head of Office, Mr. Patrick Sweeting, reaffirmed the agency's commitment to supporting the development of the Judiciary.
“This occasion demonstrates the positive relationship between the Judiciary and UNDP. The Judiciary plays a vital role in ensuring that the rule of law is respected under the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan, and this commitment shows our readiness to support the Judiciary to perform this vital role,” said Mr. Sweeting.

As part of the UNDP’s development assistance, this donation will go a long way in enabling the Judiciary to provide a solid foundation for good governance and the protection of constitutional rights within Southern Sudan.

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