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Presentation of the 2017 Report on the Work of All Courts in the Republic of Serbia

16 03 2018

Presentation of the 2017 Report on the Work of All Courts in the Republic of Serbia

The USAID Rule of Law Project, in co-operation with the World Bank, provided support to the Supreme Court of Cassation for the presentation of the 2017 Annual Report on the work of all courts. The presentation was organized in the Palace of Serbia, on March 16, 2018, gathering over 200 chief judges from courts of all instances in the Republic of Serbia, other members of the judiciary, civil society organizations, international organizations, and media.

During the introductory addresses, the World Bank representative, Srđan Svirčev, and the representative of USAID, Jeffrey Skarin, emphasized the importance of enabling transparency of court operations as key for strengthening the rule of law and citizen’s trust in the judiciary. This was recognized by the Supreme Court and translated into a clear and user-friendly annual report. The format of the report allows the media and the public to obtain the most important information on the functioning of the courts, their efficiency, problems they encounter, as well as system-level activities to resolve these issues.

Nela Kuburović, the Minister of Justice, highlighted the best practices some of the courts in the Republic of Serbia are applying in their work, particularly concerning the utilization of ICT tools in their daily work. She also presented activities that the Ministry implemented in the past year to improve the conditions of work in the judiciary, particularly the ongoing reconstruction of the Palace of Justice in Belgrade.

The President of the Supreme Court of the Cassation, Dragomir Milojević, presented the 2017 results of the work of the courts, activities to manage the inflow of cases, the number of backlog cases, and other important conclusions from the annual report. He stated that all courts in Serbia solved more than 2.335.760 cases in the past year, which shows a positive case in disposing of cases, although there were 152 judges less working in 2017. The whole text of the report can be found HERE .

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