Director's Message

To strengthen and enhance democracy, peace and development in Ethiopia and the people to be benefitted from, the government has made different reform programs to be applied at the Federal and regional state levels. In this respect, justice sector reform program has been set and applied jointly with the other reform programs andprogressive achievements weremade in the justice sector of the country at the Federal and the state levels.

To make the reform set to be effective and achieve its objective and goals in the justice sector, the need of skilled manpower, having good attitude and professionally ethical were needed. Thus, the Federal and Regional governments havecommitted to establish the Justice Sector Professionals Training and Legal Research Institutions where justice sectorprofessionals especially judges and prosecutors would be trained and different legal researches carried out.

As far as the justice sector professionals training and legal research institutes werenew to our country, at the time of their establishment different critics have been raised as to the relevancy of the institutions. However, the experiences of other countries especially France where we shared experiences from has shown us how much such training institutionsare relevant to our country.

 In relation to our country, the experiences of the justice sector during the past regimesshowthat there were no as such trained professionals having good attitudes towards serving the public. Rather, the feudal attitudes inherited successively. Similarly, most of our professionals at the time were working in the traditional ways setting aside the legal principles and it was impossible to bring about the uniformity of application of laws throughout the country.Furthermore, most of the small number of law graduates were trained the theoretical aspects of laws givingless attention to the practical skills that is very important in rendering justice.

Therefore, justice sector in the country was in complex problems that necessitated theestablishment of the traininginstitutions with a view to fillknowledge, skills and attitude gaps thereby benefitting the public at large.

Thus, as one of the training and legal research institute in the country, Regulation No, 77/99, established the Oromia Justice Sector Professional and Legal Research Institute, in 2007. To accomplish its different objectives, the Instituteis financed by the Oromia Regional State government and accountable to the Oromia Regional State’s supreme court.

To discharge its responsibility, the institute is organized into two core processes. Namely, the training and legal researches. The training core process has two forms:the pre- service and in-service. In-service training in turn has two faces. The long term that takes 5 months and the short term 5-7 days at different intervals are also designed to solve the practical problems of the justice sector. The research process aimed at conducting research to bring and preserve a systematic, uniform and effective delivery system as well.

Moreover, since its establishment (2007-2015) the institute has trained 1,806 trainees in pre-service training program. In long term in service training,2178 judges and prosecutors of the region were trained. In addition, 30,600 judges and prosecutors including legal professionals in other sector; such as the police, anti- corruption prosecutors, custom lawyers, public defenders and others were also participated on short-term training. In research core process, the institute has also conducted more than 40 research projects made by the research department of the Institute.

Finally, though the institute made progressive achievements, lack of suitable dormitories, qualified professional trainers and researchersneed more attention in particular.
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