Judges and staff of the High Anti-Corruption Court (HACC) have summarized the strategic planning session organized by the USAID New Justice Program to shape a shared vision of the court’s mission, core values and the authority of HACC, as well as to identify the goals and tasks of the court and develop an action plan for their accomplishing. Among the core values of HACC activity, the participants mentioned human rights, the rule of law, justice, professionalism, transparency, impartiality, independence, innovation, setting a performance paragon and leadership. The participants of the discussion paid particular attention to the openness of the court, considering the public trust granted to the HACC in advance.
Deputy Director of the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID Mission to Ukraine and Belarus Ann Hopper, who attended the event, emphasized its importance.
“We are pleased to support this strategic planning meeting through the USAID New Justice Program, the results of which, I hope, will be interesting and significant to the High Anti-Corruption Court,” said Ann Hopper in her address. “Like any institution, the court is the body of people who form it, and their shared vision of the mission of the court is important to its realization.”
Strategic session facilitator, USAID New Justice Program expert Maureen Conner emphasized the need for a uniform vision for the mission and authority of the HACC among the judges and court staff, given the increased public attention to court activities.
“When I look at you, I see what the High Anti-Corruption Court looks like,” Maureen Conner said at the beginning of the session. – Of course, the court has premises, but it’s you the public will think about when it comes to the court, and the expectations from your work, as we know, are extremely high.”
Maureen Conner has previously been a professor and Director of the Judicial Administration Program at Michigan State University. She possesses considerable experience in developing and teaching such programs, including strategic planning programs for judicial institutions.
Strategic planning is a globally recognized tool for evaluating progress on the way ahead and, if necessary, changing approaches. As a result of the meeting, HACC judges and court staff not only gained useful knowledge but also acquired the skills to carry out strategic planning in the future.