Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

'Enhancing Public Support for Justice Sector Reform in Jordan' film released


Jordan is currently engaged in a major reform process for the justice sector supported by key international stakeholders, such as the European Union.

Many of these reforms are the product of civil society activism as well as political will, however, the public’s awareness of the reform process and the pathways to legal representation is limited and therefore people are unable to assert their rights or access help.

Additionally, many are not engaged in the reform process because they do not know how to get involved, or because they do not believe their participation will make a difference.

ARDD in partnership with Durrat Al Manal foundation addressed these challenges through the project ‘Enhancing Public Support for Justice Sector Reform in Jordan’, which was funded by the European Union Delegation to Jordan.

The project is framed to work in harmony with the key steps the Kingdom has taken to develop the justice sector and strengthen the rule of law, in accordance with international human rights standards.

ARDD has developed a documentary about the project, which shows the project development, implementation and results.

“Through this project he have been enhancing the awareness, the access and the advocacy

For this [justice] sector,” EU Ambassador to Jordan Andrea Matteo Fontana explains in the film.

One of the main pillars of the project was increasing the sense of accountability that people have towards the system that has to deliver justice, as the justice sector reform and enhancing the rule of law is a responsibility of the community.

To ensure society driven ownership and social dialogue, ARDD in collaboration with Durrat Al Manal for Development and Training (DMDT), created a steering committee composed of judges, lawyers, civil society actors, community activists, national actors, media figures and representatives from the Ministry of Justice and UNHCR. Participants represent governorates in the south, centre and north of Jordan, as well as persons with disabilities, women, refugees, civil society and the formal justice sector, among others.

ARDD published a report on “Public perception and satisfaction regarding the justice sector in Jordan” within the framework of the project, based on a survey of approximately 1,700 people.

The study found that the gender gap in the justice system was huge, and that this was an important obstacle in the sector’s reforms, not to mention the week accessibility of people with disabilities and refugees.

The project worked on advocacy for these categories, in particular women, who are now increasingly taking posts in professions such as judges or lawyers.

Watch film here