On February 9-10, 2013, a first training session was conducted for the monitors from the Civic Monitoring Mission for the implementation of the Justice Sector Reform in Moldova. The event was carried out within the project “Increasing Government Accountability by Monitoring the Justice Sector Reform”, implemented by the Promo-LEX Association and the Association for Efficient and Responsible Governance, and funded by the European Union.

The training program included topics designed to acquaint the network of monitors with the content of the Justice Sector Reform Strategy and the Action Plan for the implementation of the Strategy. The monitors were also taught the methodology and monitoring tools to be used by the Civic Monitoring Mission.

The monitoring effort will focus on the observation of two main components: assessing the implementation of activities included in the Justice Sector Reform Strategy Action Plan, and trial monitoring. The Civic Monitoring Mission will be carried out over 18 months, between 1 February 2013 and 31 July 2014.

During the training session, monitors were also instructed on the rules of conduct in courts and on how to communicate within the network. All monitors signed a Code of Conduct specifically designed for the Civic Monitoring Mission for the implementation of Justice Sector Reform. The Code of Conduct is based on principles of objectivity, impartiality, transparency, and accountability.

This was the first in a series of trainings for monitors and was primarily aimed at developing the capacity of the civil society to monitor the Justice Sector Reform and raising the public awareness of this reform.