A new HELP course, dedicated to professional conduct, has been launched for judges, prosecutors and lawyers

14. 09. 2021

74 professionals of the national legal system registered to the HELP pilot course "Ethics for judges, prosecutors and lawyers", launched today, September 14, 2021, online, with the participation of beneficiaries of the National Institute of Justice.

The event was attended by Mustafa Ferati, Head of Economic Crime and Cooperation Division (ECCD), Department of Action against Crime, Directorate of Information Society and Action against Crime, DG I - Directorate general of Human rights and Rule of Law, Ana Medarska-Lazova, Deputy Head of HELP Unit, Diana Scobioala, Director of the National Institute of Justice, and William Massolin, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau.

In her message, Diana Scobioala mentioned that this is the 11th electronic course launched in partnership with the HELP program, and that it will be included in the initial training plan for future trainees - current participants of the NIJ Admission – 2021, as well as in the continuous training plan for judges and prosecutors in office.

At the launch, the national HELP tutors, the NIJ trainers, Inga Furtuna, Olga Marandici and Petru Balan, as well as the co-authors of the course Nina Betetto, the President of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of CoE, and Vladimir Palamarciuc, lawyer, member of the HELP Advisory Council, referred to the objectives of the course, to its national adaptation for the Republic of Moldova, to the way of completing the course, etc.

The online HELP course consists of five modules: two general modules available to all participants (Introduction and International and European Framework), and three specific modules for judges, prosecutors and lawyers. The training will cover, interactively, key concepts and principles, the international and European framework (for the Council of Europe and the European Union), including the relevant case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union in the field of professional ethics and deontology. At the same time, it will help participants to understand, including through practical exercises, the importance of ethical and professional behavior in the administration of justice for the benefit of the citizens.

The launch event was organized within the project “Action against Corruption in the Republic of Moldova”, funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) of the US Department of State and implemented by the Council of Europe.