Serbia Justice Functional Review

External Performance Assessment > Demand for Justice Services

a. Introduction

  1. Performance should not be assessed in a vacuum – evaluating what courts do requires an understanding of the quantity and nature of the demand for their services, as well as changes in those factors over time.130 Whether assessing a single court, an entire national judiciary, or comparing courts in different countries, absolute numbers reveal little information. The important questions are always relative: demand compared to population, incoming cases compared to the number of judges, or output compared to incoming demand. In the absence of a case-weighting methodology, this analysis attempts to distinguish between case types where possible.