Closing Statement of the 2015 Public Prosecution Administrative Staff Conference

Date:- 8/22/2015

Place:- Ramallah

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The Public Prosecution ended, on Saturday 22/8/2015 the activities of its second administrative conference held in Jericho under the auspices of H.E. Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah. The conference was held on the course of three days and was entitled "The Institutional Development of the Public Prosecution… Reality and Future Vision". All administrative staff from the West Bank districts participated in the conference. The Council of Ministers Secretary Ali Abu Diak opened the conference with a speech on behalf of the Prime Minister, through which he stressed on the government's support to the Public Prosecution in its efforts towards combating all forms of crime, prosecuting perpetrators and achieving justice and security for the Palestinian public within the complex conditions the country is going through on the local, regional and international levels. He also praised the achievements of the Public Prosecution during the previous phase and affirmed that the government is keen on providing all the support needed for the prosecution to be successful in performing its duty.

Mr. Ahmad Al-Shurafa also gave a speech on behalf of the UNDP through which he stressed on the necessity of continuing the support to the public prosecution by supporting its programs and plans, and building the capacity of its staff. He also praised and valued the achievements of the Public Prosecution in maintaining security and stability for the Palestinian people.

On his part, Minister Musa Abu Zaid, the head of the Civil Servants Bureau, highly valued the relation between the Public Prosecution and the Bureau, and he stressed on the Bureau's support to all government employees.

The Attorney General judge AbdulGhani Al-Eweiwei extended his appreciation to the Public Prosecution staff for their efforts in supporting the work of prosecutors in all districts. He also stressed on the strong relations between the justice sector institutions and that the Public Prosecution will continue to develop its capacity at all levels. The Attorney Generals stressed on the necessity of supporting the Public Prosecution's administrative staff.

The conference addressed several topics that fall within the Public Prosecution's scope of work through papers that were presented and the closed sessions that were held. The topics discussed included the Public Prosecution Clerks Manual, a brief on the code of conduct prepared by governmental institutions, the job descriptions and the organizational structure at the Public Prosecution, promoting the relations between administrative staff and prosecutors, the financial procedures and budged and the management of cash seizures and supplies, the Public Prosecution's strategic approach and monitoring and evaluation, preventive measures to combat corruption in civil service, e-services and Mizan, the proposed training plan for administrative staff, in addition to a closed session between the Attorney General and the administrative staff to discuss the daily problems faced. A closed session was also held with the Bureau of Civil Servants where the challenges and problems facing the staff were discussed.

Following are the key recommendations of the conference:

1.     The Public Prosecution stresses on supporting President Mahmoud Abbas' vision and the vision of the Palestinian leadership in their approaches aiming at ending the occupation and achieving justice and equality before the law.

2.     Strengthening the partnership with all justice sector institutions and other governmental institutions, as well as with all local and international partners.

3.     Stress on the complementary roles of prosecutors and administrative staff and on the importance of their roles.

4.     The necessity of defining the financial procedures used in accordance with the Palestinian financial system in order to avoid and problems in the financial aspect.

5.     The administrative staff stress on their continuing of providing their services in accordance with human rights standards and the law, in order to guarantee meeting the Basic Law and maintain the dignity of the public.

6.     The Public Prosecution stresses that it will continue to its administrative development process in order to guarantee speed in processing administrative matters and establish an electronic monitoring and evaluation system as well as connecting secondary prosecutions to the Public Prosecution's plan.

7.     The necessity of commitment to the Public Prosecution Clerks Manual at different district prosecutions.

8.     Continue the development of Mizan 2 in order for it to include all aspects of work at the Public Prosecution, in addition to establishing an electronic connection with the Palestinian police.

9.     Develop a comprehensive evaluation of Mizan 2 in order to identify the efficiency of the system and assess whether it meets the needs of users, in addition to developing and updating the system in order for it to be in line with the latest developments in information technology.

10.  The necessity of being fair to the Public Prosecution's administrative staff and motivating them, particularly in terms of the risk premium which is not in line with the nature of work the public prosecution staff do, in addition to finding a solution for staff who recently obtained a university degree.

11.  Promote the relations between the Public Prosecution's administrative staff and the courts chief clerks through reviewing and improving the existing work mechanisms.

12.  The Public Prosecution's commitment to completing the job descriptions in cooperation with the Bureau of Civil Servants for the positive effects this will have on promoting the role of the Public Prosecution's administrative staff.

13.  The necessity of focusing on training and qualifying the Public Prosecution's administrative staff along with prosecutors, given that the training needs to be specialized and in line with the Public Prosecution's training plan.

At the end of the conference, the Public Prosecution would like to take this opportunity to extend its appreciation for the unlimited support of President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Prime Minister for opening this conference, which reflects the government's vision and willingness to continue supporting and developing the justice sector. We would also like to extent our appreciation to all our partners and donors, particularly the UNDP for supporting this conference.