NEW PAPER - Judicial Performance Evaluation in Ethiopia: Local Reforms Meet Global Challenges

EthiopiaHarvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice published a new paper, authored by Research Fellow Selen Siringil Perker, Judicial Performance Evaluation in Ethiopia: Local Reforms Meet Global Challenges. This paper documents the promise of multi-methodological approaches that supplement administrative data with survey-based evaluations and courtroom observations to assess the quality of judicial services. The paper also suggests ways in which existing Judicial Performance Evaluation (JPE) systems in the Global South could be improved drawing on the example of the new JPE program in Ethiopia.Measuring judicial performance is a daunting challenge for court managers. They need clear, responsive indicators that can adapt to changing goals and environments in their respective institutions. The last two decades have been marked by national and international attempts to address this issue through JPE systems.

This is a complex task. While efforts to improve such systems are still underway in the Global North, the models recommended for improving judicial performance in the Global South pose further challenges given constraints in capacity and range of government action. Studying locally-developed systems of JPE may have a lot to offer as justice leaders and development practitioners look for new approaches and methods to measure performance of courts. One such innovation recently took place in Ethiopia. The Federal Supreme Court of Ethiopia together with the Inspection Directorate has designed and implemented a new JPE program that shifted the emphasis away from a single-dimensional, productivity-focused approach towards a multidimensional, mixed-method approach. 

Please download the paper below to learn more about the new judicial performance evaluation program in Ethiopia.

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