The MDTF JSS expert team continue to provide support to the High Judicial Council (HJC) to improve execution of its budgetary competences. One of the challenges for the judicial budget are arrears. The MDTF JSS team prepared Analysis of Arrears in Courts in Serbia. The Analysis on of Arrears of Public Prosecutors Offices prepared by the MDTF JSS in 2017 identified need for detailed Analysis of Arrears in Courts. The Analysis represents an effort to analyze the level and structure of arrears accumulated by Serbian courts and assess the reasons underlying their excessive generation in past several years. On one hand it is motivated by the growing issue of overdue payments across the system which are reflecting adversely on the financial health of the courts through the enforced collection of liabilities initiated by the debtors. One the other, the arrears possess strong potential to hurt court performance in multiple ways.
The Analysis was prepared on a sample of five courts: Higher Court in Belgrade, Higher Court in Valjevo, Basic Court in Smederevo, Basic Court in Prokuplje and Basic Court in Novi Sad. The primary focus of the analysis was to address the two key sources of arrears accumulation – investigation and postal related expenditure.
Main findings and recommendations from the Analysis will be presented to the members of the High Judicial Council, representatives of the courts covered by the Analysis, and the HJC Administrative office staff. The Analysis will support the HJC in the future budget planning and budget management.