Seven years after its accession to the EU, the courts in Romania remain inefficient, plagued by backlogs, and susceptible to corrupt influences. To address these inefficiencies, the East-West Management Institute (EWMI) implemented a court administration reform project in Romania, funded by the World Bank, to modernize Romania's judiciary, improve management, and increase efficiency by developing standards for court performance and introducing improved methods for resource management.
EWMI Programs in Romania
EWMI has been awarded a contract by the Romanian Ministry of Justice, under a project funded by a loan from the World Bank, to enhance the skills of trainers at the National Institute of Magistrates (NIM), Romania’s judicial and prosecutorial training center. The overall goal of the project is to develop a unitary and consistent approach to training that the NIM’s many trainers, who help prepare newly appointed judges and magistrates and deliver in-service training as well, will follow.
EWMI has been awarded a contract by the Romanian Ministry of Justice, under a project funded by the World Bank, to modernize the curriculum of the National School for Clerks (NSC) in Bucharest. The overall goal of the project is to prepare judicial clerks to assume managerial tasks currently performed by judges as Romania continues to modernize its justice system to bring it in line with European Union standards. As a first step, in February and March 2008, EWMI conducted an in-depth assessment of the needs of clerks and of the current training program of the NSC.