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The Government of Jordan adopted its Justice Sector Strategy 2017-2021 (Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice, Judicial Institute), whose implementation process is committed to the recommendations of the Royal Committee for developing the Judiciary and enhancing the Rule of Law released in February 2017. One of these recommendations aims at modernizing the infrastructure and procedures of the civil and commercial Justice in Jordan.

In order to support the Government of Jordan’s efforts to fulfill this specific objective, the French Agency for Development (AFD) decided to provide a 40 million EUR Sector Policy Loan and a series of complementary measures, also called technical assistance.

The technical assistance to the modernization of the infrastructure and procedures of the civil and commercial Justice in Jordan is being implemented by AFD through a service contract with Justice Coopération Internationale (JCI) and will last for 36 months. It is designed to contribute to the achievement of performance indicators developed jointly by the AFD and the Jordanian authorities, as well as to support more broadly meaningful reforms related to civil and commercial Justice.

In this framework, Marc Schmitz, president of the UIHJ and Ilias Tsipos, member of the Executive committee of the UEHJ participated as short-time experts on a workshop on notifications abroad, organized in the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in Amman, on 21st December 2022.

The introduction and welcome remarks were presented by His Excellency Dr. Jamal Haroon, Director General of the Judicial Institute, and Dr. Apostolos Anthimos, Team Leader of the project and key expert.

Marc Schmitz presented global trends and best practices in relation with the service of documents abroad by focusing on the Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters, signed at The Hague, the 15th of November 1965.

His presentation was followed by a presentation of the main challenges of notification abroad from a Jordanian perspective and the notification guidelines in form of a roadmap for the Jordanian Judiciary.

Ilias Tsipos presented the main challenges of notifications abroad from a European perspective.

The session was followed by judges from all court instances.

After the workshop, the president of the UIHJ had the opportunity to be received at the Ministry of Justice of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, where he could introduce the UIHJ and its objectives.  A brief presentation of the UIHJ Global Code of Enforcement and the UIHJ Global Code of Digital Enforcement, as well as a discussion about the challenges of attachment of digital assets followed before the conditions of UIHJ membership were discussed.

President Marc Schmitz qualifies the meeting as very informative for both sides and is looking forward to a future collaboration.