A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by heads of Afghanistan’s justice institutions as well as the Independent Bar Association today.
Ambassador Hugo Llorens hailed the agreement on the Case Management System, which tracks individual legal cases through the entire criminal justice system.
In a statement, Llorens remarked: “The Case Management System is a great example of the cooperative efforts of our two governments to strengthen the rule of law and foster accountability and transparency.
“I send my congratulations to Chief Justice Said Yusuf Haleem and the other leaders who signed today’s agreement. I am proud the US government and the American people played a crucial role in developing and operating the system.”
Since 2008, the US has provided $39 million of assistance to develop the system with the Afghan partners and deploy it throughout 535 offices in 33 provinces. The system enables the tracking of more than 260,000 individual case histories.
Implementation of the system resulted in the release of thousands of prisoners who were serving time past their sentence dates and updated victims and their families on the status of their cases.
It also empowered defense attorneys to advocate for the rights of their clients, and provided more accurate information to the justice institutions for strategic planning.
The US pledged continued support for the Case Management System, calling the MoU signing a significant step in the process to fully transition the management, administration, and maintenance of the system to the Afghan government.