The Foundation provides training to Administrative Staff of the Courts in Balqa, Jordan, on procedural fairness and access to justice

Foundation experts delivered workshops to build the capacity of court clerks and administrative staff of the courts in Balqa, Jordan, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice of Jordan, the Jordanian Judicial Council, and the First Instance Courts of Balqa

The workshop took place on 7-8 April 2021 and was formally inaugurated by Judge Nehad al-Husban, President of the First Instance Courts of Balqa Governorate, Nayefa al-Hunaity, Department for Training and Human Resources at the Ministry of Justice and Siraj Khan, Head of Projects at the Max Planck Foundation.

The workshop focused on training administrative staff of the First Instance Courts in Balqa to ensure that their administrative and support roles to Judges of the Courts complied with and enhanced procedural fairness, access to information and access to justice for court users in Jordan. Various aspects of procedural fairness in civil and criminal court procedural rules and the role of administrative staff of the court to respect and uphold such rules, understanding the difference between legal information and legal advice, methods for public performance evaluations for courts and finally, conflicts of interest, confidentiality and non-disclosure policies were discussed during the workshop.

Participants were invited to answer questions in the form of instant virtual polls to test their understanding and comprehension during the technical sessions. Additionally, presentations at the end of each day were followed by practical exercises in which complex scenarios were presented to participants to work through in virtual groups. These exercises strengthened participants’ understanding of the concepts discussed and their practical application, as well as highlighting gaps in internal policy and procedural regulations that demand further attention.

The workshop is a part of the project component to build the capacity of administrative staff and court clerks of the Courts in Balqa and Zarqa Governorates in Jordan, under the Foundation project, “Strengthening Legislative Compliance and Constitutional Interpretation in Jordan”, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.