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Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit


The toolkit is set of tools designed to enable interested parties to conduct comprehensive assessments of criminal justice systems and identify areas of technical assistance. It was developed by the UNODC in close co-operation with the OSCE/SPMU.


The Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit has been designed to assist both experts, who may want to use the Toolkit as an aide mémoire for their specific area of expertise, and assessors who may be conducting assessments in areas related to, but distinct from, their expertise in criminal justice. The Toolkit is not designed to act as a substitute for expertise, experience, and judgment. Rather, the Tools are intended to help inform and frame the assessor’s thinking and line of inquiry; the detailed sets of questions should function to provoke thought about and to provide insight into an aspect of the criminal justice system.

The Criminal Justice Assessment Toolkit is organized as follows:

  • Introduction

Sector: Policing

  • Public safety and police service delivery
  • The integrity and accountability of the police
  • Crime investigation
  • Police information and intelligence systems

Sector: Access to justice

  • The courts
  • The independence, impartiality and integrity of the judiciary
  • The prosecution service
  • Legal defence and legal aid

Sector: Custodial and non-custodial measures

  • The prison system
  • Detention prior to adjudication
  • Alternatives to incarceration
  • Social reintegration

Sector: Cross-cutting issues

  • Criminal justice information
  • Juvenile justice
  • Victims and witnesses
  • International cooperation