In October 2016, an Agreement was signed between the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine and the Ministry of Justice and Public Security in the Kingdom of Norway on cooperation to support the implementation of a Full-Scale Probation Service in Ukraine. According to the Agreement, the overall objective of the cooperation is to ensure respect for human rights and rule of law in the functioning of the criminal justice system in Ukraine. The principle aim is to support the development an effective and professional probation organisation and support the implementation of alternative sanctions.
The Norwegian Rule of Law Advisers to Ukraine (NORLAU) Probation Project is a technical assistance and cooperation project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway and implemented by the Directorate of the Norwegian Correctional Service. The beneficiary of the project is the Ministry of Justice in Ukraine.
The Project will therefore simultaneously work with all the actors in the criminal justice chain, ensuring coordination of efforts and adoption of reform elements across institutions – prosecution, courts, defence attorneys, prison, probation, local communities and other relevant institutions.
The Project will support the Public Institution “Center of Probation” in Ukraine to be developed in line with international standards and best practice in the field of probation. In order to make the Public Institution “Center of Probation” a key player in the criminal justice system, it is important to provide professional intervention throughout the whole criminal justice system. But for alternative measures and sanctions to be effective in reducing crime they must be used and have the confidence of judges, prosecutors and local communities. This can gradually be achieved if alternative sanctions are managed and supervised by a modern, professional Probation organization.
The Project will focus on five components which are all interrelated: