The formal justice system in Timor-Leste, a key component in rebuilding the country’s security sector, is still in a developing state. It continues to face numerous challenges — unequal access to the formal justice system, a continuing reliance on traditional justice mechanisms in some communities, problems with judicial training and language issues. The ongoing backlog of prosecution cases has contributed to public distrust of the formal justice system and affected police credibility. The third edition of the Security Sector Reform: Timor-Leste examines the justice sector’s development and progress, and considers its future — the consensus being that serious issues remain to be resolved.
The Security Sector Reform Monitor is a quarterly publication that tracks developments and trends in the ongoing security sector reform (SSR) processes of five countries: Afghanistan, Burundi, East Timor, Haiti and South Sudan. Every quarter, there will be separate editions for each case study country. Adopting a holistic definition of the security sector, the Monitor will cover a wide range of actors, topics and themes, from reforms in the rule of law institutions and armed forces to demilitarization activities and the role of non-statutory security and justice actors.