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Basic project objective is to improve the efficiency of Croatian justice system, which is proposed to be accomplished throughout support to implementation of key reforms in the judiciary. These reforms are important for modernisation and harmonisation of Croatian justice system with the EU standards.
The Republic of Croatia and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development signed the Loan Contract on the JSSP. The Contract entered into force on 12 July 2010, and it will be implemented during 5-year period. It is financed by the World Bank Loan (EUR 26 million) and from state budget (EUR 1.9 million).
A. Improving the Efficiency of the Court System. Sub-components comprise: (i) consolidation of the court network (rehabilitation and renovation of three courthouses in Split, Karlovac and Pula, housing five county and municipal courts); (ii) court resource management capacity-building (training court presidents and secretaries to prepare and use resource management plans); (iii) modernization of operational information technology (IT) systems for decision-making and performance monitoring in courts; (iv) refinement of case management standards, guidelines, processes and practices; and (v) improving the efficiency of enforcement of judicial decisions. Locations for construction works (Pula, Split and Karlovac) have been selected by the Ministry of Justice, courts and the Bank on the basis of tree key benchmarks, and these are relevant expected impact, potential efficiency improvement and readiness for implementation.
B. Improving the Efficiency of the State Attorney’s Office (SAO). Sub-components comprise: (i) consolidation of the SAO network (SAO Zagreb headquarters complex and the Office for the Prevention of Corruption and Organized Crime or USKOK) and rehabilitation of an existing building for the Pula SAO; (ii) institutional capacity strengthening for the SAO; and (iii) case management and IT systems including automating SAO case management and case tracking. Selection procedure and criteria for completing works on locations intended for construction works were similar to those in component A.
C. Strengthening Management Functions of the Ministry of Justice. Sub-components comprise: (i) strengthening justice sector resource management and performance management capacity, including the design and development of a medium-term expenditure framework for the justice sector by the MoJ through activities to strengthen justice sector budgeting, resource management and performance indicators; and (ii) strengthening MoJ information systems and their use in management decision-making, including initial steps to modernize the inmate information system and strengthen its connectivity with the justice information system; interconnecting the information systems of key justice sector entities; implementing an integrated MoJ document management system; and strengthening information and communications technology (ICT) technical and management skills of selected MoJ personnel.
D. Support for Project Management and Implementation. Sub-components comprise: (i) project monitoring and evaluation (M&E), change management and communication; (ii) operating costs (including logistical, administrative and other expert technical support); (iii) users’ surveys; and the Loan Prepaid (USD 0.65 million).