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Draft of the new National Judicial Reform Strategy presented

31 01 2019

Draft of the new National Judicial Reform Strategy presented

Today, in the premises of the Judicial Academy, the first meeting of the working group appointed by the Ministry of Justice to develop the new 2019-2024 National Judicial Reform Strategy was held. USAID Rule of Law Project and its team of experts developed the initial draft of this strategic document that should provide direction for the main areas of improvement of judicial independence, impartiality and accountability, competence, efficiency and transparency in the next five-year period, with a strong impetus for further development of information and communication technologies and tools which are an inextricable part of a modern judiciary.

The initial draft of the Strategy was presented to the working group by Dobrosav Milovanovic, professor of the Belgrade Law Faculty and the lead expert in the group that drafted the document. The working group is chaired by Nela Kuburovic, Minister of Justice, and it is composed of the representatives of all relevant judicial institutions and organizations, as well as the professional associations (Supreme Court of Cassation, Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office, Judges’ Association of Serbia, Association of Judges and Prosecutors of Serbia, etc.) Representatives of the Judicial Committee of the National Assembly, as well as of the ministries of finance and European integration, are also participating in the working group. In the coming weeks they will provide their comments and suggestions for improving the initial draft and come up with a consolidated harmonized version of the Strategy.

After the working group agrees on the new draft of the Strategy, the USAID Rule of Law Project will support the Ministry of Justice in organizing public hearings so as to present the five-year priorities for judicial reform to the wider professional public, the civil society and the citizens as well as allow them to provide feedback on the proposed objectives and measures through an inclusive consultation process.

Photo: Ministry of Justice and USAID Rule of Law Project

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