The Tunisian Minister of Justice, Leïla Jaffel, met with the United States Ambassador to Tunisia, Joey R. Hood. They discussed strengthening and expanding the cooperation between Tunisia and the United States, particularly in legal and judicial matters.
The meeting took place on Monday at the Ministry’s headquarters, marking a step forward in their bilateral relationship.
As reported by the Ministry, they discussed the progress made in several existing cooperation programs and explored avenues to accelerate their implementation. The digital transition of the justice system was emphasized during the meeting, citing it as one of the Ministry’s top priorities for enhancing transparency, reducing judicial timelines, and improving citizens’ access to justice.
Furthermore, the meeting touched on the Ministry of Justice’s Strategic Plan for 2023-2025. The plan includes projects focused on supporting social gender in the justice sector, enhancing women’s position in the judicial and prison system, and combating crimes targeting women, children, the elderly, and vulnerable groups.
The Ministry’s efforts and the seriousness of the joint cooperation to implement these projects were appreciated.
Leila Jafal highlighted various projects that have been accomplished recently, including the J-Share system for the electronic exchange of civil judicial documents, developed in cooperation with the European Union.
She assured the American Ambassador that the Ministry has adopted a new vision for reforming the justice sector. This vision aims to establish a modern judicial facility that guarantees rights and freedoms, boosts the national economy, keeps pace with digital transformations, embodies good governance principles, and is open to its environment.
The Minister explained that technical and financial support programs should align with the Strategic Plan for 2023-2025. These should particularly focus on aspects such as the infrastructural development of the courts or prison and reform institutions, support for human rights and public freedoms, digital transition of justice, and good governance of the Ministry’s structures.
The two parties agreed to further enhance bilateral cooperation and partnership within the framework of programs to develop and reform the judicial and prison system.