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Kragujevac Appellate Court Presents the 2017 Annual Report

27 04 2018

Kragujevac Appellate Court Presents the 2017 Annual Report

USAID Rule of Law Project supported the Appellate Court in Kragujevac in developing and presenting the annual report on the work of this court and 30 basic and higher courts operating in the territory covered by its jurisdiction. The report was developed on the basis of the methodology developed by the Supreme Court of Cassation, which requires that judicial performance data be presented in a manner that makes them easily understandable by the professional public and the citizens alike. The reports have been standardized in line with the CEPEJ guidelines (Council of Europe European Commission for the efficiency of justice) and as such create a basis for comparison of the Serbia’s court performance with that of other European countries.

The Kragujevac Appellate Court is the first in the country to present the results of its work in the past year to the public. During 2017, eight higher and 22 basic courts within the Kragujevac appellate jurisdiction disposed of 299.945 cases in total, with additional 118.106 documents handled by the courts with the purpose of issuing certificates, confirming authenticity of documents and responding to requests. The number of old backlog cases was decreased to 89.000 in 2017 while three years before in 2014, this number amounted to almost 256.000. statistics show that the number of incoming new cases was 275.645 during last year, which is a considerable figure. The courts have managed to dispose of the increased incoming caseload so that at the end of 2017 there were 188.651 pending cases while in 2014 this figure was 370.183 pending cases.

According to Dubravka Damjanović, acting president of the Kragujevac Appellate Court, ‘The courts are used to carrying out the work and wait for the others to commend their results. This attitude needs to change, we have to establish the practice to address the citizens in our local communities and present results we have achieved, as well as explain the conditions in which we perform our complex and responsible work, in a manner that is understandable to the wider public.’

The president of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Dragomir Milojević, also emphasized the importance of regularly scheduling press conferences and establishing open communication with the media so that the public perception of the judiciary would improve.

The 2017 Annual Report of the Kragujevac Appellate Court, as well as courts operating under its jurisdiction, can be found on the court’s webpage.

You can watch the report of the RT Kragujevac from the event here.

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