The European Union (EU) is committed to continue its support to the Judiciary and to the Rule of Law in South Sudan, the EU ambassador to Juba has said.
“The publishing of Law Reports should contribute to transparency and access to information and contribute to instil confidence of citizens in an independent judiciary in South Sudan,” Ambassador Christian Bader said during the handover of 600 copies of the 2012 volume of the South Sudan Law Reports to the Chief Justice Reech Chan Madut on Thursday.
“We have recently extended the duration of the activities supported via the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law until end of 2022. This will give additional time for the publication of further Law Reports and knowledge transfer activities for the Judiciary.”
This collection of all the civil, criminal and constitutional judgements passed by the Supreme Court in 2012 is the second published comprehensive law report in the country after first in February last year.
Under the project, Strengthening the Rule of Law in South Sudan implemented by the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law, the European Union Delegation to South Sudan supports the provision of comprehensive capacity building and technical legal assistance to the members of the Judiciary in the country.
Law Reports, in common law, are published records of judicial decisions in a country that can be cited by lawyers and judges for their use as precedents in subsequent cases. They are crucial for a strongly functioning legal system in any common law country.