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Support to Kragujevac Appellate Court Annual Report Presentation

21 05 2019

Support to Kragujevac Appellate Court Annual Report Presentation

Today, in a fully packed large courtroom in the court building in Kragujevac, the Kragujevac Appellate Court presented the report on their work and the work of the basic and higher courts operating under its territorial jurisdiction, the largest in Serbia. Appellate Court Chief Judge, Dubravka Damjanović, emphasized that in 2018 courts from the territory of this appellation managed a clearance rate of over 100% which means they managed to dispose of all incoming cases as well as those that were already being processed. The duration of a court case in days was also considerably decreased whereas the largest number of cases incoming into higher and basic courts of the Kragujevac appellation is cleared within one year of being registered in the court.

A total of 333.710 cases were disposed of in the courts operating under the Kragujevac Appellate Court jurisdiction. A decrease in the number of non-disposed cases in 2018 despite the number of incoming cases being significantly higher across all dockets speaks to the extraordinary dedication of all courts. They have managed to accomplish this with a smaller number of judges than assigned by the decision of the High Court Council – around one fifth of judges less, as well as insufficient court staff given that the employment ban for the public sector has been extended until the end of 2019.

The 2018 Court Performance Report was presented by Chief Judge Damjanović and her deputies, judges Simonida Miloradović and Aleksandar Blanuša. They spoke on specific trends observed in the civil procedure, especially with regard to labor disputes and the so-called mass (repetitive) claims, as well as cases covering white-collar crime and corruption.

The event gathered the chief judges of basic and higher courts, public prosecutors, students and professors of the Kragujevac Law Faculty, lawyers, and civil society organizations. They were also addressed by Katarina Golubović, director of YUCOM, who presented activities related to reinstating citizens’ trust into the judiciary that this organization will implement with their 11 partner organizations in the next three years within the USAID-funded grant project ‘Constituencies for Judicial Reform in Serbia’. 

Marc Lassman, Director of the USAID Rule of Law Project, expressed satisfaction with the results of the courts under the Kragujevac Appellate Court jurisdiction in 2018 despite working with limited human and other resources. Sonja Prostran, a component leader in our Project, spoke of our activities aimed at improving efficiency in courts such as streamlining service of process, applying out-of-court settlement in cases of breach of the right to trial within reasonable time, and amending the Law on Enforcement and Security.

The text of the Annual Report can be found on the internet presentation of the Kragujevac Appellate Court here.

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