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EU Supports the Establishment of a Probation Service in Armenia

13 November 2012
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In June 2012, with the support of the EU, the Republic of Armenia signed a draft of the “2012-2016 Strategic Programme for Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Republic of Armenia”. The project foresees comprehensive and multilevel reforms in the judicial sphere in order to establish a more professional judicial and legal system, which will be free from risks of corruption and bureaucratic incidents.
On 30 October 2012 during a workshop the Ministry of Justice presented the first draft of a Strategy Paper and an Action Plan for the establishment of a probation service in Armenia, which have been drafted with the assistance of the EU-financed “Technical assistance to the Armenain Ministry of Justice on penitentiary system reforms, including the establishment of a Probation Service” project. The core objective of the project is the elaboration of the necessary documents to establish a Probation Service in Armenia, taking EU best practice into account.

The Probation Service will be set up under the authority of the Ministry of Justice as a criminal justice agency. Therefore, it will not be accountable and subject to the authority of the Penitentiary Service.

The goal of the workshop, during which these two documents were presented, was to discuss and resolve any legal impediments and practical obstacles which might prohibit the establishment of a Probation Service. Welcoming the guests, the head of the Operation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, stated that: ‘It is very important to underline that there is no fixed model for establishment of probation system and services. Every country develops it in its own way. Therefore, it is very important to discuss this draft thoroughly with all national experts and partners, as well as international experts. It will certainly help to identify legal impediments and to formulate recommendations on their resolution’. In his turn, the team leader of the project, Daniel Stoyanov, stressed that the Probation Service would protect society and reduce recidivism. The assistant of the Minister of Justice, Hayk Sargsyan, welcomed the project, stressing that the aim of the project was to decrease the number of sentences, which would therefore help to reduce costs in this sphere and downsize criminality in Armenia.

The final draft of the Strategy Paper and the Action Plan were submitted to the Ministry of Justice for consideration and final review after the discussions on the draft with relevant stakeholders.

The implementation of this EU-funded project is planned for 2014.

EU Supports the Establishment of a Probation Service in Armenia

In June 2012, with the support of the EU, the Republic of Armenia signed a draft of the "2012-2016 Strategic Programme for Legal and Judicial Reforms in the Republic of Armenia". The project foresees comprehensive and multilevel reforms in the judicial sphere in order to establish a more professional judicial and legal system, which will be free from risks of corruption and bureaucratic incidents. On 30 October 2012 during a workshop the Ministry of Justice presented the first draft of a Strategy Paper and an Action Plan for the establishment of a probation service in Armenia, which have been drafted with the assistance of the EU-financed “Technical assistance to the Armenain Ministry of Justice on penitentiary system reforms, including the establishment of a Probation Service” project. The core objective of the project is the elaboration of the necessary documents to establish a Probation Service in Armenia, taking EU best practice into account. The Probation Service will be set up under the authority of the Ministry of Justice as a criminal justice agency. Therefore, it will not be accountable and subject to the authority of the Penitentiary Service. The goal of the workshop, during which these two documents were presented, was to discuss and resolve any legal impediments and practical obstacles which might prohibit the establishment of a Probation Service. Welcoming the guests, the head of the Operation Section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Jean-Christophe Gayrand, stated that: ‘It is very important to underline that there is no fixed model for establishment of probation system and services. Every country develops it in its own way. Therefore, it is very important to discuss this draft thoroughly with all national experts and partners, as well as international experts. It will certainly help to identify legal impediments and to formulate recommendations on their resolution’. In his turn, the team leader of the project, Daniel Stoyanov, stressed that the Probation Service would protect society and reduce recidivism. The assistant of the Minister of Justice, Hayk Sargsyan, welcomed the project, stressing that the aim of the project was to decrease the number of sentences, which would therefore help to reduce costs in this sphere and downsize criminality in Armenia. The final draft of the Strategy Paper and the Action Plan were submitted to the Ministry of Justice for consideration and final review after the discussions on the draft with relevant stakeholders. The implementation of this EU-funded project is planned for 2014.