Today, April 26, 2023, at the National Institute of Justice was marked the graduation ceremony of a new promotion of future judges and prosecutors. The 15 candidates to the position of judge and 20 candidates to the position of prosecutor, wearing black and blue robes, received the graduation certificates of the National Institute of Justice, after 18 months of studies. The solemn ceremony attended by representatives of the law system, representatives of the diplomatic corps from the Romania Embassy and the US Embassy in the Republic of Moldova, trainers and NIJ employees, began with the honoring of the state anthem.
“The course of studies at the National Institute of Justice was one full of challenges, but also of special moments. We, as a judicial training institution, take into account the identified training needs, as well as the current imperatives in the justice sector set out in national strategies. At the same time, we want to be a model in the field of judicial training, especially in the context of granting the status of candidate country of the Republic of Moldova to join the European Union. That is why we have encouraged the development of practical skills through mock trial activities, internships, various competitions and study visits, including to key institutions in the national and European legal system”, said NIJ ad interim Director Ecaterina Popa.
During the event, the recent graduates were congratulated by the NIJ institutional and development partners, as well as by the honorary guests: Veronica Mihailov-Moraru, Minister of Justice, Tamara Chisca-Doneva, ad interim President of the Supreme Court of Justice, Veronica Dragalin, Chief Prosecutor of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, H.E. Cristian-Leon Turcanu, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Moldova, Tudor Osoianu, member of the NIJ Board, Kevin Lanigan, Senior Counsel in the field of Justice within the Criminal Justice and Law enforcement Section of the US Embassy in the Republic of Moldova. Also, with messages of guidance in the profession came Angela Motuzoc, President of the Superior Council of Prosecutors, Ion Guzun, member of the Superior Council of Magistracy, and Viorica Puica, President of the graduation exam Commission, and judge at the Chisinau Court. Tatiana Bruma, candidate to the position of judge, and Catalin Lisii, candidate to the position of prosecutor, expressed their gratitude, on behalf of all graduates, for the support and effort made by the trainers and the NIJ team during the initial training course.
The highest point of the event was the handing of graduation certificates to future judges and prosecutors, and those who achieved outstanding results were also awarded with diplomas of merit. Thus, diplomas with mentions of leader of the 15th promotion received: for the best results – Alisa Stratila, candidate to the position of judge, and Natalia Cretu, candidate to the position of prosecutor; merit diplomas with mentions for a special organizational spirit in the activity of leader group – Tatiana Brumă, candidate to the position of judge, and Catalin Lisii, candidate to the position of prosecutor; diplomas of merit, in recognition of the outstanding performances obtained during the initial training – Dionisie Cebotareanu and Ion Vartolomei, candidates to the position of judge, and Victoria Isac and Svetlana Leontieva – candidates to the position of prosecutor.
We note that since its establishment until now, the National Institute of Justice has offered to justice system fifteen graduate promotions, which included 227 candidates to the position of judge and 321 candidates to the position of prosecutor.