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Four Round Tables on Improving the Position of Judicial Assistants

23 11 2018

Four Round Tables on Improving the Position of Judicial Assistants

Judicial assistants carry out important and responsible tasks every day in courts and through their work – assisting judges, drafting procedural decisions and decisions on the merits, analyzing case law, etc. – considerably contribute to judicial efficiency and unburdening of judges. During November, USAID Rule of Law Project organized four roundtables on the topic of improving the position of judicial assistants in the Serbian judiciary and enabling their career and professional development. These events have been delivered in cooperation with our partners from the Association of Judicial and Prosecutorial Assistants and the Association of Misdemeanor Judges.

As Dragana Lukić, the Project’s Deputy Chief of Party, stated during the first roundtable held in Novi Sad, the purpose of these events was to identify changes needed to the legislative framework as well as the organization of the work of the courts that would allow for improving the position and enabling full professional development and a clear career path for the judicial assistants.

Through constructive dialogue with over 200 judicial assistants from across Serbia, we obtained vital input and recommendations that we will use to improve the policy paper we have developed. This document presents proposals concerning the criteria for employment, career development, scope of work and responsibility, salary, performance evaluation, training and accountability of judicial assistants.  

Judicial assistants have been actively participating in discussions during roundtables emphasizing their view of the important tasks they perform every day in courts, as well as existing performance evaluation procedures. The Project will consider all comments and conclusions relayed during the roundtables to finalize the policy paper for improving the position of judicial assistants in the Serbian judiciary. Draft of the platform can be found here, while all comments can be submitted by email at: rolps@rolps.org.

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