Reform of the Moldovan judicial system needs further commitment from parliament, government, the judiciary and judicial bodies, if recent legislative measures are to bring real change, according to a new report.
The report Reforming the Judiciary in Moldova: Prospects and Challenges, launched today by the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and the Soros Foundation-Moldova (SFM), follows an ICJ mission to this country in September 2012 and analyses the recent progress made in reform of the Moldovan judicial system.
Today’s report welcomes many of the comprehensive legislative reform that have been enacted in the past year, but warns that further measures are needed to build a strong and independent judiciary, in practice as well as in law, and to ensure that effective mechanisms of judicial accountability are applied fairly and are compatible with judicial independence.
“Judges are responsible for one of the most important functions in any society – the fair and effective administration of justice. The priority that is being given in Moldova to judicial reform is therefore welcome,” said Róisín Pillay, Director of the ICJ Europe Programme. “A strong and independent judiciary is essential to ensure that everyone can be confident of a fair hearing when they come before the Courts, and of an effective remedy when their rights have been violated.”
“Judicial independence goes hand in hand with judicial accountability – judges are not above the law. Continue reading Moldova: more work needed to implement judicial reforms | CIJL-ICJ