NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE LAUNCHED A PROJECT “MODERN LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR JUDGES, PROSECUTORS, INVESTIGATING MAGISTRATES AND OTHER LEGAL PROFESSIONALS”, FUNDED BY “JUSTICE” PROGRAM OF THE NORWEGIAN FINANCIAL MECHANISM 2014-2021
On 7 April 2020 the Director of the NIJ and the Manager of the Program Operator of “Justice” Program of the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 signed a contract № BGJUSTICE – 2.001-0001/07.04.2020 to provide a grant for the implementation of a project “Modern learning environment for judges, prosecutors, investigating magistrates and other legal professionals”, funded by “Justice” Program of the NFM 2014-2021, amounted to 2 835 953,50 leva and a deadline for implementation – until 7 April 2024.
Partner of the NIJ on the project is the Norwegian Courts Administration (NCA).
The project aims at establishing an integrated, coordinated, and structured learning environment for judges, prosecutors, and other members of the professional community, ensuring the improved application of the European legal framework and fundamental rights refers to strengthening the rule of law.
The specific objectives of the project are:
– Developing the professional knowledge and skills of the magistrates and other professionals, working in the field of the judiciary for accurate, equal, and consistent application of the rule of law and the European values.
– Ensuring a state-of-the-art learning environment.
The main target groups are judges, prosecutors, investigative magistrates, candidates for junior judges, junior prosecutors, junior investigative magistrates, members of the Supreme Judicial Council, the chief inspector, the inspectors of the Inspectorate of the Supreme Judicial Council, state enforcement agents, registrars, judicial and prosecutorial assistants, court clerks, jurors, inspectors from the Inspectorate of the Ministry of Justice as per JSA, other civil servants of the Ministry of Justice, lawyers, notaries, experts, employees of the Ministry of Interior, administration officials and inspection bodies in the above-mentioned field.
The project envisages fulfilling the aims through the following activities:
- Establishing a framework for sustainable judicial training in the field of fundamental rights and the rule of law;
- Developing the study and competencies of judges, prosecutors, investigative magistrates and other representatives of the professional community to apply the fundamental rights;
- Elaborating available self-learning resources (handbooks, manuals, guidelines, and other resources), as well as effective tools for developing professional knowledge and skills.
- Strengthening and upgrading the forum for human rights;
- Implementation of an innovative model for judicial training at the workplace. Establishing shared learning spaces for developing knowledge, skills, and competencies;
- Developing a new internet site of the NIJ. Provision of technical equipment to provide training events and strengthen the institutional capacity of the institute;
- Information and publicity on the project.
The expected outcomes of the implementation of the project are:
– Developed professional knowledge and skill of the magistrates and other representatives of the judiciary for accurate, equal, and consistent application of the law and the values of the EU;
– Secured effective application of the European law and the fundamental rights trough a framework for sustainable judicial training in the field of the fundamental rights and the rule of law, conducting training events in an innovative training forms, elaborating available self-learning resources and conducting study visits;
– An improved learning environment through application of diverse and innovative learning forms, translation into Bulgarian of specialized reference materials, elaboration of self-learning resources, establishing shared learning spaces for developing knowledge, skills and competences and implementation of an innovative model for training at the workplace, as well as through elaborating a new website and technical provision of the planned training activities;
– A strengthened and developed forum for human rights, as a sustainable platform for an exchange of actual information and professional knowledge and experience, contributing to the equal application of the European legal framework.
NIJ will periodically publish information on its website and on a standalone website, developed for the project needs, for the progress of the implementation of the project, achieved results, including in the process of implementation of the program requirements, for information, publicity and transparency.