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MDTF Activities

COURT PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT - December 30, 2016

Workshops for court staff on caseload statistics held on November 7 and 8, and December 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 15, 2016. During November and December 2016, statisticians (Natasa Mladenovic and Jasmina Ljubicic) and systemadministrator (Nebojsa Milic) of the Supreme Court of Cassation and members of the SCC ...

USE OF LEGAL DATABASES WITH JURISPRUDENCE OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS - December 30, 2016

Workshops for judicial asssistants from appellate courts in Serbia Kragujevac 9 november, Niš 6 December and Novi Sad 15 December. November and December MDTF C / J Specialist conducted a series of workshops on how to use legal databases in Serbian language, that include jurisprudence of European Court of Human Rights from Strasbourg. Judicial ...

Training in the field of Communication Skills and Public Relations for Justice Sector - December 14, 2016

As a part of the ”Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia”, P.R.A. agency with its Public Relations Business School organised trainings in the field of Communication Skills and Public Relations at the end of November, 2016. The Report in English is available here.

Presentation of the 2016 Report of the European Commission of the Efficiency of Justice - November 30, 2016

A presentation of the Report “European Judicial Systems - the Efficiency and Quality of Justice – 2016 edition” was organized on 23 November 2016 in Belgrade, Serbia, by the Ministry of Justice in cooperation with the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, initiated by the Multi Donor Trust Fund for ...

THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE LAUNCHES THE “OFF VIOLENCE” CAMPAIGN WITH A MESSAGE: ZERO-TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE - November 28, 2016

The Ministry of Justice has initiated an “Off violence” campaign aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence and the new legal measures against domestic violence. The Report in English is available here.

Analysis on Budget Estimates for the Operation of the State Prosecutorial Council and Public Prosecutor Offices - November 16, 2016

The MDTF JSS team provide advice to the Serbian State Prosecutorial Council on Budget for the Operation of the Council and the Public Prosecutor Offices. The team focus assistance in analyzing and addressing the budgetary pressure facing the prosecution system in ways that do not negatively impact the effective operation ...

Launch of Inaugural Court Awards Program - November 15, 2016

In an effort to boost performance in the justice sector, the World Bank worked closely with partners in Serbia to design a rewards program that taps into positive competition to promote justice for citizens and businesses. At the Annual Conference of Judges held on October 11, 2016 in Vrnjačka Banja, the ...

Two day workshop to finalize the Outline of the State Prosecutorial Council Strategic Plan - November 1, 2016

In October the MDTF-JSS team organized two day workshop with the members of the State Prosecutorial Council and Administrative office staff to finalize Outline of the SPC 5 year Strategic plan. Draft Outline was shared with the SPC in August and the SPC provided written comments in September. The workshop ...

2016 ANNUAL JUDGES’ CONFERENCE - October 27, 2016

  Annual Judges' Conference is the main judicial event in Serbia, held traditionally each autumn in Vrnjačka Banja. More than 1,500 judges gather during three working days to discuss the crucial legal and judicial issues which arose during the year. Supreme Court of Cassation hosts the conference, supported by the pool ...

Analysis of Commercial Court Registries - October 25, 2016

The MDTF JSS Commercial Courts Needs Assessment conducted in 2015 identified a need for support to improve the performance of the registries of the Commercial Courts, primarily at Belgrade Commercial Court, as the busiest commercial court in the country. It is essential that registries are efficient as they provide the ...

ROUND TABLE FOR COURT PRESIDENTS - October 17, 2016

On 29th and 30th of September 2016 at premises of the Supreme Court of Cassation in Belgrade, in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Ministry of Justice, also with support of the World Bank, the Judicial Academy organized a two-day round table for court presidents.  Participants at the ...

Court budgeting – ways to improve performance and do more with less - October 4, 2016

The European Summer is over.  We’ve traded our sunscreen for spreadsheets and it’s budget time.  Across Europe, Ministries of Justice, Courts, and Judicial Councils are preparing their budget plans for the upcoming year. With fiscal constraint still the order of the day, staff in these offices are sharpening their scalpels, ...

PROMO CAMPAIGNS AND COMMUNICATION ACTIVITIES OF THE MoJ SUPPORTED BY OUTREACH CONSULTANT - October 3, 2016

Improvement of transparency of judicial institutions (courts, public prosecutor’s offices, the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Academy, High Judicial Council, State Prosecutor Council etc.) is one of the most important priorities of judicial reform in Serbia and it is in accordance with the Action Plan for Chapter 23. Communication activities of ...

Western Balkans Debt Resolution and the MDTF JSS projects - September 28, 2016

Building on the previous successful cooperation, the Western Balkans Debt Resolution and the MDTF JSS projects have once again joined forces to enhance the quality of the judiciary in Serbia, as well as to facilitate reform of the judicial system to ensure that the laws, rules and practices are comprehensive, ...

Report from the presentation of the Analysis of court fee waiver system in Serbia - September 6, 2016 - September 14, 2016

Presentation of the Analysis was held on 6 September 2016, at the Ministry of Justice. The participants involved representatives from the courts, MoJ and MDTF JSS donors. The presentation involved a detailed review of all the contents of the analysis, i.e. Serbian normative framework on court fees and fee waivers, ...

The MDTF JSS worked together with the State Prosecutorial Council (SPC) to develop an Outline for the SPC’s 5-year Action plan - August 24, 2016

In order to effectively promote sector wide approach to supporting the justice sector the MDTF-JSS continues to provide advisory assistance to the State Prosecutorial Council. The MDTF-JSS worked together with the State Prosecutorial Council (SPC) to develop an Outline for the SPC’s 5-year Action plan. Work started in May and ...

Analysis on Serbia’s alignment with the EU Directive 2012/29 - Final Report - August 9, 2016

The MDTF JSS worked together with the Victim Support Europe and Serbian stakeholders to develop Analysis on Serbia’s alignment with the EU Directive 2012/29 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. Work started in February 2016 and was finalized by the end of July ...

BACKLOG REDUCTION WORKING GROUP ADOPTS AMENDED NATIONAL BACKLOG REDUCTION PLAN - July 22, 2016

On July 19, 2016 the Working Group on Implementation of the Unified Backlog Reduction Plan (hereinafter: BLR WG), led by the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Chief Justice Dragomir Milojevic, met to discuss and adopt the Draft of the Amended Unified Backlog Reduction Plan. During the weekend preceded to ...

Analysis of Court Web Sites in the Republic of Serbia - July 21, 2016

In order to analyze availability of information related to courts in Serbia the MDTF-JSS completed analysis of court websites. The report looked at all aspects related to the court presence on internet; how many courts have active website, analysis of website quality, where are websites hosted, who is responsible for ...

Victims of crime: Service delivery and support for the most vulnerable - July 9, 2016

The news is filled with stories of crime & violence, law & order. We hear from victims and eyewitnesses. We send thoughts and prayers. But when the spotlight moves on to the next crime or the next city, the victims of crime and their families remain, trying to get back ...

PRESENTATION OF THE REPORT No. 1-2/2016 ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACTION PLAN FOR CHAPTER 23 - July 3, 2016

With the support of the MDTF-JSS, the Ministry of Justice organized public presentation of the First Report on implementation of the Action Plan for Chapter 23 on July 1, 2016. The Minister Selakovic gave the opening statement by saying that the process of drafting of the Action Plan lasted almost ...

Analysis of victims’ rights and services in Serbia and their alignement with EU Directive 2012/29/EU - DRAFT - June 25, 2016

On 15 November 2012, EU Directive 2012/29/EU  (the EU Directive) was adopted by the European Union building on existing EU acquis to develop minimum standards for victims of crime. As part of its Accession process, Serbia is developing its victims’ rights system in order to comply with the EU Directive and ...

World Bank and the Serbian European Integration Office signed an amendment to the Grant Agreement for the MDTF-JSS - June 25, 2016

On 20 June 2016, the World Bank and the Serbian European Integration Office signed an amendment to the Grant Agreement for the MDTF-JSS.  The amendment increases the grant amount from 2.7 million USD to 4.7 million USD for the period until 31 December 2018.  The grant increase will enable the ...

The MDTF-JSS worked together with the State Prosecutorial Council (SPC) to develop a Training needs assessment (TNA) - June 17, 2016

The MDTF-JSS worked together with the State Prosecutorial Council (SPC) to develop a Training needs assessment (TNA). Work started in March and was finalized by June 2016.  The report and accompanying attachments is here. The team held individual interviews with the SPC leadership and staff members and facilitated a workshop ...

Assessment of alignment of Serbian Juvenile Legislation with the EU 2012/29 Victim Support Directive - June 13, 2016

In May 2016, the MDTF-JSS finalized an assessment of alignment of Serbian Juvenile Legislation with the EU 2012/29 Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, as a support to the implementation of the Chapter 23 Accession Action Plan. The purpose of this assessment ...

Presentation on SERBIAN MEDIATION SYSTEM AND LEGAL FRAMEWORK from kick-off event “SEE Network of Associations of Mediators” Bled, 7/8 June 2016 - June 11, 2016

A Kick-off event “SEE Network of Associations of Mediators” was held in Bled, Slovenia, 7-8 June 2016, during which representatives of the MoJ RAFU, SCC and National Association of Mediators of Serbia (NUMS) participated and presented the mediation system of Serbia. The Presentation in Serbian language is available here.

SCC JUSTICES AND STAFF VISIT 11TH IACA REGIONAL CONFERENCE AND MEET COLLEAGUES FROM THE DUTCH JUDICIAL INSTITUTIONS - May 25, 2016

On May 15 to 20, a delegation of Supreme Court of Cassation justices and advisors visited the Hague, the Netherlands, as participants of the 11th Regional IACA Conference (www.iaca2016.eu), as well as guest of a number of international and Dutch judicial institutions. The delegation composed out of Justice Janko Lazarevic, Deputy ...

FIVE DAY SEMINAR FOR THE SUPREME COURT OF CASSATION AND EMPLOYEES AT THE HIGH COURT COUNCIL - May 9, 2016

With the MDTF support, the Judicial Academy has organized education for the Supreme Court of Cassation advisors and employees at the High Court Council Administrative Office within the human rights module. The education was realized within the five-day seminar that included civil and criminal legal areas. The lecturers were eminent experts ...

Commercial Courts Conferences in Vrsac and Kladovo, April 2016 - May 1, 2016

In line with the findings of the Commercial Courts Needs Assessment the MDTF for Justice Sector Support in collaboration with the IFC DR Project and Appeal Commercial Court initiate implementation of recommendations focused on increasing capacities and quality of the Commercial Courts stakeholders. By now, two World Bank Group projects cooperated ...

BACKLOG REDUCTION WORKING GROUP MEETS TO DISCUSS 2015 ANNUAL REPORT AND FORTHCOMING CHANGES OF THE NATIONAL BLR PLAN - April 6, 2016

On April 1 and 2, 2016 the Working Group on Implementation of the Unified Backlog Reduction Plan (hereinafter: BLR WG), led by the President of Supreme Court of Cassation, Chief Justice Dragomir Milojevic, met to discuss a number of issues related to its past and previous activities and actions undertaken ...

Analysis of Efficiency in Criminal Proceedings - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

Analysis of Relevant EU Standards in the Field of Procedural Safeguards - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

Analysis of the Components of the Existing Budgetary System and Identification of Key Obstacles - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

Analysis of the Law on protection of the right to trial within reasonable time - March 9, 2016

Timely completion of criminal proceedings inter alia has an important role in reaching the minimum distance in time from the commission of the crime to the imposition of criminal sanctions. Its importance is reflected at the level of reduction of the negative effects or deprivations that the defendant is exposed ...

Analysis on Efects of Multiple Abolition of the First Instance Verdict on the Length of Criminal Proceedings and Efficiency of Criminal Proceedings in Organized Crime - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

Analysis on the Matter of Delivery within the CPC - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

Analysis the Effects of the Reform of Judicial Network - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

Assessment of the ICT Infrastructure of the SCC - March 9, 2016

The Assessment in Serbian language is available here.

Comparative Legal Analysis on Democratic Participation of National Minorities - March 9, 2016

The Analysis in Serbian language is available here.

IT Development Guidelines in Justice Sector - March 9, 2016

In past ten years, IT Sector of Ministry of Justice, now IT Department, has invested great efforts in standardization and process automation in the judicial authorities, through the introduction and implementation of modern information systems. The process was complex and laborious, but the results were satisfactory. Today, with the adopted ...

Recommendations relating to alignment with the EU acquis in the field of procedural safeguards - March 9, 2016

I Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code for the purpose of alignment with: Directive 2013/48/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2013 on the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings and in European arrest warrant proceedings, and on the right to have a ...

Report on Deficiencies of the Existing Caseload Statistical Reports and Business Processes - March 9, 2016

The Report in Serbian language is available here.

Report on drafting of National strategy for proceeding of war Crimes AP 23 - March 9, 2016

The Report in Serbian language is available here.

Commercial Court Needs Assessment - February 5, 2016

In January 2016, the MDTF-JSS finalized a needs assessment for commercial courts.  The purpose of this assessment is to identify the specific needs of the Commercial Courts in the medium term, and to identify future programing for the MDTF-JSS Work Plan 2016-2018.  The document can also be used as a ...