The USAID Rule of Law Project aims to support Serbia’s judiciary and other institutions on meeting their obligations to citizens in a democratic society, and increase public confidence in a functioning, stable state.
07 12 2018
Work on strategic planning of the State Attorney’s Office that began in August during a three-day workshop in Vrsac was continued today in a consultative meeting with the representatives of this institution.
07 12 2018
Calculating and processing court fees is an administrative step of every court procedure which, especially in courts with a large number of cases, can take away a lot of judges’ and court staff time that they would otherwise devote to adjudicating cases.
04 12 2018
Cooperation with partners on activities which contribute to realizing Project objectives for the USAID Rule of Law Project, while at the same time help strengthen the participation of the civil society in improving the rule of law, are at the core of our grants program.
01 12 2018
Association of Judicial and Prosecutorial Assistants held their 6th annual assembly on December 1 in Belgrade. The event in the premises of the Chamber of Commerce gathered around 80 participants
The USAID Rule of Law (ROL) Project is a $9.8 million initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Serbia. Starting in July 2017, the Project is scheduled to last until July 2021.
The main objective of the USAID Rule of Law Project is to support justice sector reforms to enhance the timely delivery of justice for Serbian citizens. The flexibility to respond to emerging issues in the ever-evolving Serbian justice system is a critical feature of the Project. We provide expert assistance for activities on several parallel tracks:
a) strategic advancement of Serbia’s judicial reform process, including drafting the new National Judicial Reform Strategy;
b) a range of initiatives to improve court operations, reduce delays in court proceedings and increase public confidence in the work of the courts, targeting, among others, the service of process, and the role and career path of judicial assistants;
c) support to more timely, consistent, and reliable process of enforcement of judgments;
d) strengthening institutional capacities of the State Attorney’s Office to improve performance and reduce the time and cost associated with cases brought against the State.
The Project is implemented by Development Professionals, Inc. (DPI) and Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc. (Checchi), with support from local organizations - 4Digits Consulting and Alterfact.
Firm rule of law is essential for Serbian public institutions not only as one of the fundamental conditions for joining the European Union (EU), but as a mechanism to meet obligations to citizens in a democratic society, and increase public confidence in a functioning, stable state. USAID Rule of Law Project aims to support Serbia’s judiciary and other institutions on this path by extending expert assistance in the following areas:
The USAID Rule of Law Project supports a range of initiatives stemming from both the strategic framework governing judicial reform in Serbia, as well as the actual needs of the courts and other actors in the judiciary determined through ongoing dialogue with stakeholders. Our assistance is targeting the following areas of intervention:
While these areas of intervention are relevant and require Project assistance, we are in constant dialogue with the stakeholders, ready to adapt and refocus our approach and activities to best suit their needs. Our implementation methodology builds on the need to verify the effectiveness of proposed procedural and organizational changes on a sample of courts so that if proof of concept is obtained, the intervention is deemed suitable for further dissemination.
Enforcement of court decisions remains a critical challenge in ensuring that Serbian citizens who win cases in court receive the compensation that they deserve, and that investors and companies doing business in Serbia can trust the justice system to enforce their claims. The project works with court enforcement departments and private enforcement officers to ensure that civil and commercial court decisions are executed in a timely, fair and transparent manner. Overall USAID Rule of Law Project support will aim for quicker, cheaper, consistent, and reliable enforcement procedures. Our assistance is targeting the following areas of intervention:
Data exchange protocols will be integrated into the judicial information system – PIS (‘pravosudni informacioni sistem’) that the Ministry of Justice is developing to enable wide-reaching information access for actors both within and outside of the judiciary: courts, the police, National Bank, business, property, social security, and employment records, public notaries, and public enforcement officers.
State Attorney’s Office
The State’s Attorney’s Office is the Serbian institution that provides government agencies legal advice and represents the State in court. By improving the legal advice and guidance provided to government bodies, reducing the level of litigation in which the state engages, and improving Serbia’s representation before the European Court of Human Rights, Serbian citizens with complaints against the State will receive decisions more quickly and the overall costs to the tax payer will be reduced. Our assistance is targeting the following areas of intervention:
The Project and the State Attorney identified several working groups composed of designated representatives of this institution that are tasked with joint activities and coordination on the above identified topics.
The USAID Rule of Law Project will utilize a grants mechanism to local organizations to advance main Project’s objectives. Details on the application, selection, and award process will be made available also through this website.
In 2018, the Project published the 1st Request for Applications in September and awarded USD 125.000 in total through four grant contracts to local civil society organizations for initiatives which concern improving efficiency in the civil procedure, improving the position of judicial assistants and court operations, as well as the enforcement procedure.
The USAID Rule of Law Project is striving for an inclusive and collaborative process to design and steer the implementation of activities. Our partners and beneficiary institutions, as well as professional associations, provide invaluable input for well-thought out initiatives that answer to the needs of the judicial and other institutions we are working with.
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