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.
Security Sector Reform Monitor: Timor-Leste