Tetra Tech worked on a 3-year, USAID-funded commercial court project as the principal subcontractor to Booz Allen Hamilton. The overall objective was to support the development of a more dynamic and competitive private sector in Serbia by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of institutions and processes that are essential to the increased growth of commerce and commercial enterprises. The project implemented a multi-year strategic vision for improving the overall organizational performance of the commercial courts to align operations with EU standards, international best practices, and the needs of a modern, diversified market economy. Project activities focused on providing technical assistance in court administration, case management, enforcement of judgments, technical training for judges and court staff, and public education reform. Tetra Tech provided technical assistance to promote legal and regulatory reforms to strengthen the ability of the commercial courts to adjudicate commercial and economic cases quickly, efficiently, and predictably.
Tetra Tech assisted USAID to evaluate its rule of law programming in Russia. Tetra Tech examined existing programming and identified constraints to further development of the rule of law. The team made recommendations of the justice sector issues warranting USAID support, given the current operating environment as well as work already being carried out with funding from USAID, other donors, and the Russian Government. USAID relied on Tetra Tech’s recommendations in designing future interventions in the rule of law area.
Tetra Tech provided short-term technical assistance to conduct an anticorruption assessment in Moldova, as a subcontractor to Democracy International. The assessment included an evaluation of sources of corruption; the impact of past and current anticorruption efforts; and recommendations for future anticorruption programming, including the preparation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Country Plan.
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.
Tetra Tech supported the Government of Kyrgyzstan to improve the effectiveness of the judicial system as part of the Millennium Challenge Account Threshold Country Program. The project had four activity areas: (1) improving the system for selecting, dismissing, and disciplining judges, and ensuring that the judiciary is structured in the most efficient way to handle current and projected caseloads; (2) developing judicial capacity to independently manage its administration and provide for continuing education and professional development of judges; (3) streamlining procedures for handling commercial cases and enforcing commercial judgments; and (4) expanding the use of information systems to provide for mandatory random case assignments and greater access to court decisions.
The goal of the Kosovo Property Rights Program is to improve the property rights regime to strengthen the rule of law and increase economic growth and investment. The project is directly engaging and build capacity of Kosovo civil society organizations and municipal governments to sustainably and effectively implement reforms beyond the life of the project. We are implementing interconnected and mutually reinforcing land tenure and property rights interventions across four program objectives: improving coordination and identification of policy priorities; improving court processes for property claims; strengthening women’s rights to use property; and improving access to Information and understanding of property rights.
Tetra Tech helped strengthen the administrative capacity of the courts as the principal subcontractor to the National Center for State Courts. The three central goals of the project were (1) the establishment and implementation of strategies and policies for the administration and proper functioning of the court system, (2) the creation of an Administrative Department of Justice, and (3) the development and implementation of administrative systems for the trial courts. The team established case tracking and petty cash/purchasing systems and developed systems to improve public court access. Tetra Tech developed software for records management and the collection of fines, fees, and forfeitures and for judicial statistics, case histories, and calendars. The team also developed the design for reconstruction of a courthouse in Kamenica that became a model for other courts.
Tetra Tech provided high-level mediation services to the World Bank to address complaints arising from the construction of the Transcaucus pipeline across Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey. Tetra Tech Emeritus Expert William Davis, former director, served as the lead mediator and facilitator.
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