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 and served as a discussion platform for sharing invaluable views and experiences related to expert witness work in Serbia. Key findings were prepared in the form of infographic on quality of expert witness, responsibilities of expert witness and how to improve efficiency of trial to be shared with participants and media. Full report is also available in Serbian.
The Conference was opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Mr. Mirko Cikiriz, who welcomed the initiative of the World Bank Group and the MDTF, and stressed that the Report will serve as a good starting point for future strategic reforms in this field and announced that the Ministry of Justice will work on amending the existing regulatory framework on expert witness. The World Bank Country Manager for Serbia, Mr. Stephen Ndegwa, emphasized the need for a growing confidence of citizens and investors in the judicial system, as well as the relevance of expert witness role in accomplishing this goal. H.E. Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Serbia, Mr. Denis Keefe, noted that improving the role of expert witnesses is crucial on the path to sustainable strategic reforms. Mr. Ambassador pointed out that independence and professionalism of expert witnesses are the core values that need to be further strengthened and continuously reinforced. H.E. Ambassador of the Netherlands to Serbia, Mr. Henk van den Dool, recognized the importance of the expert witness role in the judicial system, claiming that the court decisions almost fully rely on good quality expert witness opinions. Accurate, valid and good quality court decisions, in turn, lead to an improved delivery of justice and creation of a level playing field for investors.