The Judicial Strategic Plan focuses on 5 strategic action areas: Facilitate and expand public access to court services; Promote public awareness; Enhance judicial independence and administrative capacity; Promote and ensure the professionalism, accountability and integrity of the Judiciary; Promote efficient case management and court specialization.
The Office of the Supreme Court of the Union (OSCU) in Myanmar launched their five-year Judicial Strategic Plan on January 30, 2018. With support from Tetra Tech’s, USAID-funded Promoting the Rule of Law Project (PRLP), the OSCU utilized a consultative process to develop the JSP, building on their previous 3-year plan, with a theme of “Towards Improving Justice for All.” In a launch event held in Nap Pyi Taw, the leadership of the OSCU explained the process of developing the strategy, the action areas, and targets for improving justice services to the public. To increase transparency, the OSCU conducted a press conference before the launch and engaged media organizations and participants in a question and answer session during the event.
The OSCU appointed a planning team, which reviewed progress of the 2015-2017 plan before embarking on the new JSP. The team also reviewed court performance, including customer surveys and closed case data compiled by PRLP, as well as other statistics. The OSCU conducted consultations with stakeholders, other courts, civil society organizations, and international experts. The planning team conducted regular drafting meetings to systematically develop the components of the JSP. The final draft was presented to international donors for input on their technical and financial assistance. After revisions and approval from the Chief Justice, the JSP was launched to the public.
The presentation outlined the vision, mission, and values for the courts. The vision is to provide the highest quality of justice for all, promote public trust and confidence in the courts, and achieve effective rule of law. Tasks are ranked by priority for timing of implementation. Targets include a 100% clearance rate, reducing criminal cases pending more than 1 year by 5% and civil cases pending more than 3 years by 2%, reducing postponement rates by 20% in criminal cases, and reducing postponement rates by 12% in civil cases. The OSCU also set a goal for 80% customer satisfaction. The JSP seeks to promote the rule of law, foster regional peace, enhance public trust and integrity, and to adjudicate cases fairly and efficiently in accordance with the law.
PRLP provided both technical and material support to the development of the JSP and the accompanying 2018 action plan. Offering international best practices to develop goals and activities, PRLP helped ensure a plan that is comprehensive, yet practical. While this is the culmination of the strategy development process, it is only the beginning of implementing the activities that are designed to improve the delivery of justice sector for the country. PRLP will continue their ongoing support to achieve and maintain gains in the judicial sector that have increased efficiency, improved the image of the courts, and built the capacity of judicial personnel.