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  • The Government has allocated a total of $203 million for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme in the Ministry of Justice.
  • As outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the project seeks to: improve service delivery and management capacity of justice sector institutions; improve the capacity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to co-ordinate and streamline the process of developing legislation; and improve the capacity of citizens and civil society organisations to participate in justice reform and promote public order.
  • The project is slated to end in March 2016 and is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The Government has allocated a total of $203 million for the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme in the Ministry of Justice.

As outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, the project seeks to: improve service delivery and management capacity of justice sector institutions; improve the capacity of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to co-ordinate and streamline the process of developing legislation; and improve the capacity of citizens and civil society organisations to participate in justice reform and promote public order.

A breakdown of the money for this year will see $46.5 million going towards developing and implementing monitoring and coordination mechanisms for the justice sector, including reform sub-projects; and $36.3 million towards reforming the Supreme, and Resident Magistrates and courts management and administration.

A sum of $53 million will be used to reform the communication system;

$12 million for drafting legislation to reform the Justice system; and $55 million to reform the Legislative Policy.

Some of the achievements up to December 2014 include: expansion of the Justice Reform Implementation Unit; consultants contracted to review the decriminalization of minor offences, with a view to making proposals for legislative changes; roles and functions of Justices of the Peace as Lay Magistrates reviewed; and Human Resource protocols for the Office of the Director of the Public Prosecution developed.

The project is slated to end in March 2016 and is being funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).