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 WG members, gathered representatives of the High Judicial Council and presidents of appellate courts.
The WG concluded that positive trends in backlog reduction are maintained in basic and commercial courts, and not only due to proliferation of utility enforcement cases (which hasn't been fully completed in 2016). The case inflow slightly decreased in these courts.
However, the inflow in higher courts jumped by 30% compared to the same period of 2016. Although the WG members were supposed to look into the resons for this change, the full analysis is still missing. As this inflow can potentially flood the second instance courts, and further delay first instance proceedings in higher courts, three members of the WG were tasked to conduct detailed assessment on causes of this increase and challenges to address them.
It was also noted that the number of oldest cases – older than 10 years is slightly increasing, so it was decided that centralized measures, conducted by the SCC, are reintroduced.
The WG also identified good practices introduced in this period by a number of basic courts, and will urge other courts to try them either by the end of 2017, or as of 2018.