SOUTH SUDAN / CONSTITUTION MAKING JUDICIAL REFORM

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A two-day workshop on judicial reforms supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) brought together members of South Sudan’s judiciary and legal fraternity in Juba. A critical element of the governance reforms stipulated in the Revitalized Agreement of 2018 is drafting a permanent constitution that would pave the way for elections in the world’s youngest nation. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / CONSTITUTION MAKING JUDICIAL REFORM
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 29 JUNE 2021, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, delegates listening
2. Wide shot, delegates sitting
3. Wide shot, participants listening
4. Med shot, participants watching
5. Close up, delegates discussing
6. Med shot, Chief Justice reading
7. Close up, DSRSG watching
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative for South Sudan and Deputy Head, UNMISS:
“The permanent constitution-making process is a critical element of the governance reforms stipulated in the revitalized agreement that is expected to pave the way for elections at the end of the transitional period. It is quite symbolic that the drafting of a permanent constitution for South Sudan coincides with its 10th Anniversary as an independent country.”
9. Wide shot, law experts listening
10. Med shot, civil societies watching
11. Close up, law expert writing
12. Med shot, DSRSG and Chief justice watching
13. Close up, UNDP official reading
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Evelyn Edroma, Chief Technical Adviser, Rule of Law and Access to Justice, United Nations Development Programme
“This discussion provides an opportunity to reflect on how the judicial reform can help the constitution-making process and how this can improve the effectiveness of the judiciary in promoting sustainable economic development. [An independent] judiciary contributes eventually to the democracy that signals the changing political and legal environment of South Sudan.”
15. Wide shot, law experts listening
16. Med shot, delegates listening
17. Med shot, civil societies reading
18. Med shot, Chief Justice watching
19. Close up, DSRSG watching
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative (Political) for South Sudan and Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS
“In terms of peacebuilding in post-conflict South Sudan, the judiciary's role as a primary mechanism for accountability and conflict resolution cannot be overstated, especially given that many key political and other disputes will eventually come before the judiciary. In the case of South Sudan, accountability mechanisms include statutory judicial institutions and traditional or customary system, both of which discharge justice across the country.”
21. Close up, an expert looking
22. Med shot, UNDP official talking
23. Med shot, DSRSG talking

STORYLINE:

A two-day workshop on judicial reforms supported by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) brought together members of South Sudan’s judiciary and legal fraternity in Juba. A critical element of the governance reforms stipulated in the Revitalized Agreement of 2018 is drafting a permanent constitution that would pave the way for elections in the world’s youngest nation.

The judiciary is a vital stakeholder in the permanent constitution-making process and in strengthening a culture of legality and rules-based governance in South Sudan. Its importance is reflected in its inclusion in the peace agreements by the parties.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative for South Sudan and Deputy Head, UNMISS:
“The permanent constitution-making process is a critical element of the governance reforms stipulated in the revitalized agreement that is expected to pave the way for elections at the end of the transitional period. It is quite symbolic that the drafting of a permanent constitution for South Sudan coincides with its 10th Anniversary as an independent country.”

According to articles contained within the Revitalized Agreement, judicial reforms shall include but not be limited to the review of the Judiciary Act during the transition and reiterates the call to build the capacity of the judicial personnel and infrastructure.

SOUNDBITE (English) Evelyn Edroma, Chief Technical Adviser, Rule of Law and Access to Justice, United Nations Development Programme
“This discussion provides an opportunity to reflect on how the judicial reform can help the constitution-making process and how this can improve the effectiveness of the judiciary in promoting sustainable economic development. [An independent] judiciary contributes eventually to the democracy that signals the changing political and legal environment of South Sudan.”

UNMISS is supporting a Technical Committee from the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs which is tasked with coordinating the government’s efforts towards implementing the permanent constitution-making process, transitional justice, and judicial reforms.

SOUNDBITE (English) Guang Cong, Deputy Special Representative (Political) for South Sudan and Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan-UNMISS
“In terms of peacebuilding in post-conflict South Sudan, the judiciary's role as a primary mechanism for accountability and conflict resolution cannot be overstated, especially given that many key political and other disputes will eventually come before the judiciary. In the case of South Sudan, accountability mechanisms include statutory judicial institutions and traditional or customary system, both of which discharge justice across the country.”

The judiciary in South Sudan is established and governed primarily by provisions of the TCOSS 2011, the Judiciary Act (2008) and the Judicial Service Council Act (2008).
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