From 10 to 13 May 2017, the IRZ organised a study visit to Berlin for five representatives of the criminal procedure reform commission from the Tunisian Ministry of Justice. The trip took place within the framework of the institutional funding provided by the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV).

The reform of the code of criminal procedure is currently one of the biggest projects in the Tunisian justice system. In many cases, the extremely lengthy investigation process in this country leads to delays throughout criminal proceedings. Particularly when it comes to major and important cases, proceedings can take years.

For the Tunisian guests, therefore, this was a chance to get to know the German code of procedure and how it works and to work out any potential points of reference for the reforms in Tunisia.

In this context, the delegation was welcomed to expert talks at the BMJV, the focus being on the criminal investigation process and criminal proceedings in courts of law. During another meeting at the Public Prosecutor General’s Office in Berlin, the discussions dealt in more detail with the role of public prosecutors in the investigation process. International cooperation and the fight against terrorism were also discussed at the Public Prosecutor General's Office.

During exchanges with their German colleagues, the Tunisian guests were given a deep insight into the way the courts and public prosecutors work in Germany.

The IRZ and the BMJV will continue to support the reform efforts in the Tunisian justice system and provide advisory services.