In 2017, the UNDP-supported mobile court hearings were convened in the nine municipalities where fixed courts do not exist yet.
Those areas include Liquica, Ermera, Aileu, Atauro (Dili Judicial District), Manatuto, Viqueque, Lautem (Baucau Judicial District), and Bobonaro, Ainaro, Manufahi (Suai Judicial District).
Judges, public defenders and public prosecutors along with other legal support staff travel from the judicial capitals in Dili, Baucau, and Suai to the above municipalities to facilitate the mobile court sessions which hear criminal and civil cases over the course of several days.
Facilitated by the UNDP Justice System Programme (JSP) the mobile courts are designed to make justice more accessible to people living in rural areas of Timor-Leste and raise the awareness of the formal justice system.
The disputants and parties have expressed appreciation for the mobile courts which help them travel less and save the costs.