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Support for Judicial Assistants in Drafting Well-Reasoned Decisions

20 06 2018

Support for Judicial Assistants in Drafting Well-Reasoned Decisions

In the period from April to the end of June 2018, USAID Rule of Law Project, in cooperation with our partners from Alterfact, and the Judicial Academy, organized five one-day training sessions for judicial assistants on the subject of drafting first-instance decisions in civil cases. Drafting good quality judicial decisions is important for judicial assistants as one element of evaluating their performance, as well as a basis for future career advancement and appointment to judicial function.

During the first part of the training, the participants were introduced to the right to a fair trial, right to a well substantiated judicial decision, and the articles of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom, as well as the articles of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia. During the second part of the training, the lecturers - Snežana Andrejević, Advisor to the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation and a retired judge, and Nebojša Đuričić, judge of the Second Basic Court, organized group work for training participants in order to go through a process of drafting a first-instance decision on the basis of a suit and three different responses to the suit.

Three training sessions were organized in Belgrade and one each in Kragujevac and Novi Sad for approximately 100 judicial assistants from basic courts in these cities, as well as from Vrbas, Kikinda, Sombor, Kruševac, Kraljevo, Jagodina, Paraćina and Aranđelovac. Evaluation sheets filed by the trainees show that they are to a great extent satisfied with the lecturers, as well as the training materials and the way the training was organized.

The Project will continue with training sessions as of September – another 5 training sessions are planned for approximately 100 judicial assistants from courts across Serbia. Also, the Project will organize the second part of the training for the judicial assistants who attended the initial training sessions. This second round of training will be primarily focused to practical examples which was cited by the trainees as crucial for their further professional development.

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