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Modernizing the Sri Lankan Judicial System .

Democracy and Governance | Rule of Law and Security Sector Strengthening | Legislative Strengthening

Coherent, Open, Responsive, and Effective Justice Program

Project Dates: August 2017 - October 2021
As Sri Lanka transitions to a more inclusive and democratic society, its government is reinforcing principles of judicial independence, accountability, and efficiency.

To modernize Sri Lanka’s justice system, the USAID Coherent, Open, Responsive, and Effective Justice (CORE Justice) program strengthened the performance of core justice sector institutions and actors through supporting digitization and automation, continuing legal education, as well as organizational and individual skill building. Working in close collaboration with key stakeholders in the judiciary, government, legal profession, and civil society, CORE Justice helped Sri Lankans regain confidence in the justice system’s ability to resolve disputes and remedy rights violations.


legal professionals and students benefiting from continuing legal education as a result of the project


justice sector personnel with improved capacity in automation and case management systems


justice sector personnel trained

Project Goals

  • Strengthen the effectiveness of core justice institutions, processes, and actors so they can effectively exercise their powers and fulfill their respective competencies
  • Improve the justice system’s transparency and citizen engagement by increasing public awareness of their work, enhancing trust in their processes and decisions, and garnering public support for their institutional needs
  • Enhance the governance, qualifications, and diversity of the Sri Lankan legal profession