We deliver sustainable solutions to enhance criminal justice capacity and ensure specific country needs are addressed.
The introduction of Civil Asset Recovery legislation is now an effective weapon in the fight against serious organised crime in the Caribbean. This technical assistance has ensured that States are equipped with the law and knowledge to be able to take criminal assets from drug kingpins. Where organised criminals would once instill fear in local communities to prevent court proceedings – now property acquired through crime can be recovered using legislation that seeks to place the burden on the owner to prove its legitimacy. An integral element of delivery is the preparation of a Civil Recovery Guide
This cutting edge work continues as iJust mentors attorneys and advises on the establishment of specialist units to target assets the criminal courts cannot reach.
Access to communications data is vital to tackle terrorism and organised crime. The development of a Communication Service Provider Guide to speedily access communications data has been translated into multiple languages and is used by the United Nations to mentor and train cyber-teams around the world. iJust continues to raise awareness about securing this crucial evidence by training practitioners for the EU counter-terrorism project in the Greater Horn of Africa, drafting a Manual of Guidance for EuroMed Justice and UNODC and establishing regional networks to advance mutual legal assistance.
See the No Witness No Justice campaign and the film produced to raise local issues that led to witness protection legislation to allow intimidated witnesses to give evidence via court video links. Where once witnesses were too afraid to cooperate with the police they can now give testimony in a safer environment. The success of this project led to other films to raise community awareness about the impact of human trafficking and domestic violence.
Other initiatives saw the enactment of a law that enhanced human rights through video interviewing of suspects, engagement with the media to develop greater press freedom, Prosecutorial Codes to deliver consistent decisions by prosecution attorneys and establishment of National Prosecution Services to improve case management.
Legal and Gap Analysis
We have conducted research and analytical papers to develop legislative and procedural frameworks in the areas of organised crime, cybercrime and international judicial cooperation. Our work for EuroMed Justice IV has resulted in legislative amendments that have enhanced national capacity to investigate serious crimes, applying due process and international human rights standards.