The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is in charge of the organisation and the management of the criminal justice system in Turkey. Within MoJ, including Directorate of Criminal Affairs, Directorate of International Law & International Affairs and Directorate of EU, there will be a permanent unit as “Project Coordination Board” (PCB). Its main function is to contribute towards the restructuring of the Turkish judiciary and the enhancement of its efficiency by ensuring coordination between the relevant directorates of the Ministry in the Project activities with the EU, other countries and International institutions. The Head of the PCB is Deputy Undersecretary and Senior Project Officer of the Project at the same time. This high level representation of the Directorates shows the strong commitment of the Ministry to this Project.


The High Council of Judges and Prosecutorsis established with the aim of promoting independence of the judiciary. It is the sole governing body for the profession of judges and prosecutors. Its duties related to the careers of the judges and prosecutors are; their admission into the profession, appointing or transferring to another locality, equipping them with temporary authorizations, promoting them or allocating them as first class, making final decisions concerning those whose continuation in the profession is found to be unsuitable, issuing disciplinary punishments and removal from office. In addition, the Council is authorised to issue circulars concerning the administrative duties of judges other than those related to the matters related to the exercise of the judicial power, as well as concerning the judicial tasks of prosecutors, other than those related to the power of assessment of evidence and determination of crime. Furthermore, the Council supports in-service trainings for judges and prosecutors and grants permissions for them to participate in seminars, trainings and conferences.


The Turkish Justice Academy was established in 2004. The Academy, based in Ankara, is a legal entity with scientific, administrative and financial autonomy. Its main function is to design and implement training activities (pre-service and in-service training courses for the professional development of civil, administrative and military judges and prosecutors, auxiliary judicial personnel, lawyers, etc). It also provides consultancy and advisory services concerning national and international law and justice; conducts research and organise seminars and establishes an information and documentation centre. The Academy will be able to deliver qualified in-service and pre-service trainings through trainers/experts trained within the framework of the project. In doing so, the Academy benefits from active involvement of trainers in re-designing the curriculum in line with the European Convention on Human Rights. As a result, pre-service and in-service trainings will be supported to ensure that utmost respect for human rights are displayed in the course of criminal investigations and proceedings.




Union of Turkish Bar Associations is established with the participation of  all Bar Associations in Turkey; it is qualified as a public institution and is a legal entity  in the form of a supreme organization of professionals. Union of Turkish Bar Associations makes significant contribution towards Turkish legal system not only by performing its self-assumed functions, but also conveying opinions and proposals concerning legal matters in the society. Through its  sub-committees, it carries out activities related to legal regulations and provides an effective safeguard against problems that may arise in practice in respect of democracy and human rights in a responsible manner. Union of Turkish Bar Associations observes  developments in judicial sectors of other countries as well. The Union establishes commissions in order to perform its function defined by the law in an effective manner and to examine judicial problems in the agenda of the country. Besides  lawyers who take part in these commissions as experts in  respective fields, other experts along with commissioners also join  such  works depending on the issue being dealt with. The works the commissions are reported to the Presidency of the Union; if necessary, these reports are submitted to the relevant institutions and organizations and also archived in the database of the Union and is available for public use. Expert commissions are formed in order to identify a legal opinion related to the preparation of important regulations for judiciary.






This project is co-funded by the European Union, the Republic of Turkey and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. The Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the Contracting Authority of this Project.