Tetra Tech worked with the Macedonian judiciary and the non-governmental sector to improve justice sector performance, transparency, and accountability. The project formulated and implemented changes to the legal framework to foster an independent judiciary. Tetra Tech also worked to develop and implement case management practices to address backlogs and reduce delay. The team also supported the legal training institution and, on a pilot basis, introduced and improved automation in the courts.
As a follow-on program to Tetra Tech's highly successful Macedonia Court Modernization Program, this project helped implement methodologies and processes to continue creating a modern, efficient, and transparent judiciary. Assistance included increasing core court capacities in case processing and delay reduction, drafting legislation to restructure judicial operations, improve fiscal management and budgeting for the courts, and increase the capacity of training academies to provide training and effectively manage training programs for justice sector staff. The Tetra Tech team also supported development of case management software, modern court security systems, and court recording equipment. Support provided under this program helped the Macedonian judiciary meet its goals of harmonization with the European Union system.
The Judicial Strengthening Program funded by USAID was intended to help the Macedonian judiciary to evolve as an independent, self-governing, effective, and accountable branch of government capable of meeting the needs of citizens, businesses, and organizations for prompt and impartial protection of their rights and adjudication of legal disputes. The project also improved the independence of the judiciary and its systems while fostering efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability in the courts. With the support and encouragement of the project, a group of justice- oriented civil society organizations came together to form a Rule of Law Council, which was designed to be a coalition for rule of law reform advocacy and a forum and a force for positive change in Macedonia.
WHAT OTHERS SAY...
"[Tetra Tech] is an excellent company with whom to work and USAID has been extremely satisfied with their work, which has been and continues to be above and beyond the expected. I recommend them without hesitation."
-Jill Gulliksen, USAID