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MDTF Activities

Court Rewards Program - 2017 - October 23, 2017

Under the auspices of the 2017 Annual Judges’ Conference, the Supreme Court of Cassation awarded the best performing courts for the second year in a row. Assisted by the MDTF-JSS, the SCC designed the Court Rewards Program to motivate first instance courts to improve their efficiency and productivity in processing cases. As ...

MEETING OF COMMERCIAL COURTS IN KRAGUJEVAC, 16-17 October 2017 - October 23, 2017

The Commercial appellate Court, supported by the MDTF-JSS, organized a meeting with presidents of all commercial courts in Serbia on 16 – 17 October 2017 in the Conference room of Hotel Šumarice in Kragujevac. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy President of the Commercial Court of Appeal, the ...

The Round Tables on the Amendments to the Constitution in the Part Related to the Judiciary Held on July 21, 2017 and September 7, 2017 in Belgrade and on September 26, 2017 in Kragujevac - October 3, 2017

So far, three Round tables were organized within a consultative process with Civil Society regarding the future amendments to the Constitution in the field of judiciary. The Round tables were organized in Belgrade, in the Palace of Serbia, on July 21 and September 7, and in Kragujevac on September 26, ...

Lessons from a project that’s beaten the odds - September 27, 2017

World Bank Feature Blog by Mr Tony Verheijen, Serbia Country Manager, 25 September 2017. As I packed up my desk after four years as the World Bank Country Manager for Serbia, I thought back on some of the exciting programs we have managed and how I can apply lessons from these ...

Victim Support Services in Serbia Conference - September 19, 2017 - September 20, 2017

Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia and Multi-donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia (MDTF – JSS) jointly organized an event on the importance of establishing victim support services in Serbia. Conference were held on September 19, 2017 in Metropol Palace Hotel. Opening remarks were given ...

SCC's BACKLOG REDUCTION WORKING GROUP CONVENES TO DISCUSS SEMI-ANNUAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMENDED UNIFIED BLR PROGRAM - September 15, 2017

Supported by the MDTF-JSS, the SCC's BLR Working Group, headed by President of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Chief Justice Dragomir Milojević, met to discuss January-June 2017 results of courts in imlementation measures of Amended Unified BLR Program. The meeting took place on August 22-24, 2017 in Sremski Karlovci and, besides ...

THE COURT PRESIDENTS CONVENE TO DISCUSS COURT PERFORMANCE RELATED ISSUES: PROTECTION OF THE RIGHT TO A TRIAL WITHIN REASONABLE TIME AND TOOLS TO REDUCE CASE DELAYS - Belgrade August 29, 2017 - September 15, 2017

The Supreme Court of Cassation, in cooperation with the Office of the Council of Europe, EUD and MDTF-JSS, organized a meeting with presidents of all courts in Serbia on August 29, 2017 in the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade. In his introductory remarks, the president of the Supreme Court of Cassation, ...

Operating networks for victim support services - September 5, 2017

Meeting victims' needs before, during and after criminal proceedings may considerably mitigate negative consequences of victimization. It can also prevent these consequences from worsening due to bad treatment during the process. If victims receive appropriate support and protection, they will recover more quickly both physically and emotionally from the crime. ...

Ensuring funding for victim support services - September 5, 2017

Historically, victims have been largely ignored and forgotten. In recent years, there has been increasing political recognition of the need to take action, but this has not been matched with sufficient and equivalent allocation of existing resources. In ensuring financing for functioning of victim support systems, states have at their ...

Report on Training in European Labor Law ERA Centre in Trier, Germany - I - July 20, 2017

From 2nd to 7th  of July 2017 two representatives from The Supreme Court of Cassation in Serbia, Advisors Ms Ljupka Gogić and Ms Zinaida Belić attended Training in European Labor Law, organized by ERA Centre in Trier, Germany. The aim of the Training was to give insight into European Labor Law ...

Report on Training in WTO and EU TRADE LAW ERA Centre in Trier, Germany - II - July 20, 2017

From 2nd to 7th of July 2017 two representatives from The Supreme Court of Cassation in Serbia, Advisors Ms Ana Dukić and Mr Saša Čepić attended Training in WTO AND EU TRADE LAW, organized by ERA Centre in Trier, Germany, and supported by the MDTF. Functions of WTO are to facilitate ...

What happens if you don’t pay your bill? Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe - July 19, 2017

We all have regular bills to pay for the ubiquitous services we consume – whether they be for utilities (water, heating, electricity etc.), credit cards, memberships, or car payments. But, not everyone pays.  Across an economy, these unpaid bills convert into millions of small-value enforcement claims, which are often uncontested. An ...

REPORT ON THE SEMINAR “DE JURE - Data & Evidence for Justice Reform” - Washington DC, June 13-16, 2017 - July 17, 2017

The Data and Evidence for Justice Reform (DE JURE) program is a collaboration between the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice and the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) team, and has been launched at the Data and Evidence for Justice Reform Workshop in Washington, DC (June 13-16, 2017). The aims of the program ...

REPORT ON VISIT TO UN, NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 5-9th 2017 - July 17, 2017

The aim of the visit was to take part in the UN Security Council Session as well as to present recent developments and Serbian position regarding implementation and monitoring of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes. In parallel, the expected result of the visit was to get ...

Legal analysis of responsibilities of Serbian police when dealing with victims of crime - July 13, 2017

The MTDF JSS team in cooperation with Victims support Europe prepared detailed Analysis of legislation, policy documents and practice guidelines relevant to the responsibilities of Serbian police when dealing with victims of crime. Police is often first contact of victim with the state institutions. The Analysis includes an in-depth analysis ...

Victims access to support services in Serbia - July 6, 2017

The Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support (MDTF-JSS), in partnership with Victim Support Europe are implementing a number of activities aimed at strengthening victim support services in Serbia. To assist the Government of Serbia in setting up victim support services, a necessary step was to identify and describe ...

CERTIFICATION COURSES IN VARIOUS IT FIELDS - Belgrade - February 20th - June 2nd 2017 - June 20, 2017

Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia supported "CERTIFICATION COURSES IN VARIOUS IT FIELDS" in the following trainings: ECDL Start, ECDL Advanced, 20411: Administering Windows Server, 20461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server and 20464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Databases. ECDL Start ECDL Start Training (and corresponding testing) was held ...

REPORT ON PUBLIC SECTOR CONFERENCE - Zlatibor, 21 May – 24 May 2017 - June 20, 2017

A conference on the current legislation relevant for the public sector was organized by "Paragraf", in Zlatibor, 21 May – 24 May, 2017. The following areas of legislation were included: Implementation of the Law on Administrative Procedure (came into force 1 June, 2017) Limitation of employment in the public sector by the ...

3rd Global Forum for Associations of Prosecutors, Belgrade May 25-28 - June 13, 2017

Prosecutors Association of Serbia was hosting 3rd Global Forum for Associations of Prosecutors in Belgrade from May 25-28, 2017. This conference was supported by the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support (MDTF-JSS) administered by the World Bank and the OSCE Mission to Serbia. Topic of the conference was ...

5th European IDAHOT Forum 18-19 May 2017 - Brussels - May 20, 2017

On May 18 to 19, the representatives of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) visited the Brussels, Belgium, as participants of the 5th European IDAHOT Forum (www.idahot2017.com). IDAHOT is the abbreviation of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which takes place annually on May 17. This year’s Forum, entitled “Back to ...

Assessment of alignment of Serbian Police Legislation with the EU 2012/29 Victim Support Directive - May 11, 2017

The MDTF-JSS continue to support Serbian authorities to establish comprehensive system of victims support. Part of the activities are dedicated to the assessment of alignment of Serbian legislation with the EU acquis. After assessment of juvenile legislation the MTDF-JSS team together with the Government prioritize analysis of police legislation. In ...

Improving implementation and reporting of Action plan for Chapter 23 - May 10, 2017

The aim of the workshop was to improve implementation and reporting on implementation of activities set in the Action plan for Chapter 23. The workshop was performed by consultants from the Reform and Accession Facilitation Unit based at the Ministry of Justice (RAFU MOJ) Milica Kolakovic – Bojovic, the Consultant ...

ANALYSIS OF OPTIONS FOR IMPROVING SERVICE DELIVERY OF THE SUPPORT STAFF IN COURTS AND PUBLIC PROSECUTOR OFFICES - April 12, 2017

The Analysis of Options for Improving Service Delivery of the Support Staff under Non-Core Functions in Courts and Public Prosecutor Offices analyzes the allocation and functioning of the judicial staff employed under support functions in Serbian judiciary. The purpose of this analysis is to identify options for more efficient and ...

Institutional Mapping of existing victim support service in Serbia - April 12, 2017

The MDTF JSS continue to provide support to Serbian authorities in order to establish comprehensive victim support service. The latest activity is related to the mapping of the existing victim support services in Serbia. The mapping is looking at generic and specialist services and organisations specifically focused on victims of ...

DIGITAL JUSTICE SEMINAR - Amsterdam, 31 March 2017 - April 2, 2017

Digital Justice Seminar was organized by European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ). Aim of this seminar was to identify the role and the position of Councils and / or the judiciaries in the digital age and to serve to assist in identifying the ENCJ Strategy in the field ...

Report on presentation of Third periodic report of Serbia on implementation of International Covenant on civil and political rights - March 10, 2017

Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, as members of delegation of Republic of Serbia to the UN committee for human rights, have taken part in presenting Third periodic report of Serbia on implementation of International Covenant on civil and political rights. Delegation of the Ministry of Justice was composed of ...

ANALYSIS OF ARREARS OF PUBLIC PROSECUTORS OFFICES IN SERBIA - March 4, 2017

  The MDTF JSS expert team prepared Analysis of Arrears of Public Prosecutors Offices in Serbia as a follow up analytic work. The Analysis on Budget Estimates for the Operation of the State Prosecutorial Council and Public Prosecutors Offices prepared by the MDTF JSS in late 2016 identified need for detailed ...

Key controversies in the process of drafting the Law on Free Legal Aid - February 10, 2017

The Round table was organized in the Palace of Serbia on 26 January 2017, with participation of key civil society organizations, representatives of different Bar associations, as well as the EU Delegation, the OSCE and representatives of various embassies, and MDTF donors. The aim of this event was to publicly discuss ...

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR COURTS AND TRIBUNAL ADMINISTRATORS, ORGANIZED BY THE STATE COURTS OF SINGAPORE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY - February 10, 2017

On January 16 to 20, 2017, Darko Tadic, president of Higher Court in Novi Sad, Djordje Gojgic, president of Basic Court in Novi Pazar and Mirjana Pavlovic, higher advisor in High Judicial Council of Serbia, visited Singapore, as participants of Executive Leadership Programme for Court and Tribunal Administrators. Executive Leadership Programme ...

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF BAR ASSOCIATIONS AND LAW SOCIETIES IN SELECT EUROPEAN JURISDICTIONS - February 8, 2017

The MDTF JSS team prepared a new analytic document that could inform future justice reform activities. The ‘Comparative Analysis of Bar Associations and Law Societies in Select European Jurisdictions’ report analyzes and compares the structure, role and tasks of Bar Associations and Law Societies across a number of select European ...

ISO standards training - January 26, 2017

Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia (MDTF-JSS) organized training in the field ISO standards for employees in Ministry of Justice, High Judicial Council, Supreme Cassation Court, Administrative Court, Commercial Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals in Belgrade and Court of Appeals in Nis. The trainings were organized for standards: ISO ...