EU support to Armenian Justice reforms has been mobilised through two operations: a Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP) “Support to Justice Reforms in Armenia” and a joint EU-Council of Europe (CoE) project “Access to Justice”. The general objective of the government programme for the reform of Justice is to promote the rule of law through support to the Justice chain reform that aims to secure better separation of powers and real independence of the judiciary. This programme intended to result in sector-wide improvements which would benefit the end users in terms of access to qualified judicial services. The “Access to Justice” project general objectives are: to Promote Rule of Law and Human Rights; to Support reform of the Justice sector and to Improve Access to Justice for population in general and free/affordable access for vulnerable groups of population. The objective of this AETS assignment was to conduct a final evaluation of both projects which will provide the decision-makers in the Government of Armenia, the relevant services of the European Commission and the wider public with relevant information to: a. Make an overall independent assessment about the past performance of EU assistance in the field of Justice (Support to Justice Reforms SPSP/Budget Support, and joint CoE/EC project Access to Justice) paying particular attention to the impact of these two projects/programmes against their objectives; b. Assess the relevance and effectiveness of the aid delivery methods used (i.e. budget support and accompanying technical assistance, and project approach) and the design of these two operations against national policy objectives and specific reform agenda of the Justice sector; c. Identify key lessons and best practice of these two operations useful for the design of future operations.

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