How civil society can contribute to the delivery of victims’ services?
- December 10, 2018
The MDTF-JSS team in partnership with Victim support Europe prepared report The role of civil society in the development of victims’ rights and delivery of victims’ services to explore interaction between states and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the delivery of support to victims of crimes. As Serbia is moving forward ...
How to Ensure Quality of Victim Support Services?
- November 23, 2018
Victim support as assistance that should be systematically provided to all victims of crime should satisfy standards of quality. Existence of quality standards are important for victims themselves, as knowing that services are subject to scrutiny, can be reassuring. Referral organizations can find it useful to be able to easily ...
How Entry Points Institution Protect Rights of the Victims
- October 12, 2018
The MDTF-JSS continue to provide support to Serbian authorities to establish the comprehensive victim support system. To ensure informed decision making the MDTF-JSS partner with relevant organizations, including the Center for European Constitutional Law (CECL) that on the EU level and for the needs of European Commissioned examined different practices ...
Presentation of Findings – Impact of Expert Witness Engagement on Court Proceedings
- September 20, 2018
The MTDF JSS team presented to the wider community of professionals main findings and recommendations of the recently prepared report “Examining the Experts: The Role of Expert Witnesses in Serbia, and How Reform Could Improve Efficiency and Quality of Justice” on September 18, 2018. The Conference brought together key stakeholders ...
Presentation of the MDTF Access to Justice work on OECD Policy Round table in Riga
- July 11, 2018
The OECD Policy Roundtable on Equal Access to Justice was held on 5-6 July 2018 in Riga with the aim to highlight the efforts in strengthening equal and people-focused access to justice for inclusive growth and sustainable development. It called for increased investment in access to justice, deepening the business ...
Courts’ Practice on Court Fee Waiver
- June 16, 2018
The MDTF JSS continue to implement activities focused on improvement of access to justice. In parallel with the development of the Guide for exemption of court fees the MDTF JSS team in cooperation with the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, conducted a research to analyze courts’ practice under ...
Exercising financial independence – Analysis of Court Arrears
- June 13, 2018
The 2014 Judicial Functional Review identified that courts are generating massive and growing arrears. The main reason for accumulating arrears is poor planning in the budget preparation process and the legislative reform process. Arrears are increasingly impacting service delivery by courts, including by causing delays in hearings. The number of ...
The Serbia courts rewards program has been highlighted in the Court Administrator
- May 28, 2018
The Serbia courts rewards program has been highlighted in the Court Administrator, the leading journal of the International Association of Court Administrators. See here. The article highlights how Serbia is leading the way as an innovator in court performance improvement by taking the initiative to reward those courts that make ...
Strengthening Services for Victims of Crime in Serbia and Beyond
- April 26, 2018
Prepared by Georgia Harley, Marina Matic Boskovic, and Margaux Roussel
Governance Global Practice
Victims of crime are among the most vulnerable groups in need of government services. Yet, victim support services (VSS), if available, often vary in their quality and accessibility within countries and between countries. Service delivery failures can leave victims ...
Victims’ Guide through Serbian Criminal Justice System
- April 13, 2018
Information is a fundamental right of a victim of crime, crucial for exercising other rights and getting proper assistance and support. To empower victims through the criminal justice system, the MDTF JSS in partnership with VDS developed the Victims’ Guide through the criminal justice system. We recognize that being a ...
Where Victims Could Find Support Services in Serbia
- April 11, 2018
To ensure sustainability of efforts and findings from the analytic work on the establishment of a victim support system in Serbia, the MTDF JSS has established a partnership with Serbian victim support organization, the Victimology Society of Serbia (VDS). EU acquis call Serbian authorities to facilitate referral of victims to ...
Animated Video as a Tool for Improving of Access to Justice
- March 27, 2018
We live in the age of information where knowledge and information represents essential capital of an individual. Deprived of information and knowledge, an individual is deprived of the possibility of realization of his basic and fundamental needs. Although with internet all information became available and free the basic problem is ...
Increasing Transparency of the State Prosecutorial Council Work
- March 20, 2018
The MDTF JSS team provided support to the State Prosecutorial Council in preparation of the format and data presentation for 2017 Annual report. For the first time data in the Annual report are presented according to the competences of the State Prosecutorial Council, not organizational structure of the Administrative office. ...
Launch of the Follow Up Judicial Functional Review
- February 9, 2018
On February 8th, the MDTF JSS team together with the representatives of the Supreme Court of Cassation, High Judicial Council, State Prosecutorial Council and the Ministry of Justice officially open process of the preparation of the follow up Judicial Functional Review in Serbia. The Launch was internal event for justice ...
Draft Interactive Map of Free Legal Aid Providers in Serbia
- February 5, 2018
MDTF JSS, in cooperation with the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights - YUCOM, is putting efforts to improve access to justice in Serbia. Several actions are envisaged during 2018: Right to exemption from court fees, Interactive Map of Free Legal Aid Services and Access to justice of vulnerable groups. These ...
Promotion of the Self-Representation Guide
- January 24, 2018
MDTF JSS team, in cooperation with the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights - YUCOM, conducted a promotion campaign of the Self-Representation Guides, which were jointly developed in 2017.
Citizens are usually unaware of their rights and obligations and therefore have a justified fear in meeting with unknown judicial procedures to them, ...
Presentation of findings - Functional Review of the Prosecution System in Serbia
- January 8, 2018
Prosecutors occupy the key position in the criminal justice chain, responsible for receiving, investigating, and further processing (e.g. disposing) criminal complaints. Because the duties, case resolution mechanisms and procedural requirements vary substantially by judicial system, cross-country comparisons and ranking of performance are difficult. Nonetheless, collecting this information is important for ...