- December 26, 2017
The MDTF JSS team supports improvement of access to justice in Serbia. In 2017 MDTF JSS partnered with YUCOM and developed Fist time in Court or at Courthouse. In addition to this publication the expert team developed Self-Representation Guide on civil procedure and procedures in front of independent institutions. The ...
Enhancing the quality of justice: the role of user feedback
- December 21, 2017
“How courts handle people and their cases is of even greater importance than the resolution of the case, both for their inclination to voluntarily comply with the decisions of the courts, and for confidence in the courts. People who feel that they have been treated fairly in the court have ...
Regional workshop: Exchange of experiences on the victims' protection
- December 15, 2017
MTDF JSS is partnering with the Victimology Society of Serbia to ensure sustainability and local ownership of the results achieved in the improvement of victim support system in Serbia. One of the activities is focused on dissemination of analytic documents prepared by the MTDF JSS and advocate for implementation of ...
First time in Court or at Courthouse
- December 11, 2017
A guide “First time in Court or at Courthouse” offers practical information on the basic features of law and procedure in a lay format for potential court users to empower them to resolve their disputes in the court.
A guide “First time in Court or at Courthouse” offers practical information on ...
SPC and HJC Report on Intensive Legal English Language Course
- December 10, 2017
From 4th to 8th of December 2017, the representatives of the State Prosecutorial Council of Serbia - Svetlana Nenadić. Member, Tomo Zorić, Secretary and Marijana Santrac, Senior Advisor for International Cooperation, together with the representatives of the High Judicial Council of Serbia - Marija Filipovic, Advisor for Normative Issues and ...
Giving small people bigger power in Serbian courts
- December 6, 2017
What happens if you have a legal problem but you can’t afford a lawyer?
In Serbia, we are one step closer to answering that very question.
The average salary in the country is around €365/month, but court and lawyer fees often climb to many times more than this. As a result, most ...
Strengthening Services for Victims of Crime in Serbia and Beyond
- November 27, 2017
Victims of crime are among the most vulnerable groups in need of effective government service delivery. Yet, victim support services vary widely across and even within countries and are all too often lacking, leaving victims feeling helpless and abandoned by the justice system. To address this deficiency, the World Bank ...
Victim Support Services in Serbia – Round Tables to Discuss Opportunities
- October 28, 2017
MDTF-JSS in partnership with Victim Support Europe and Victimology Society of Serbia organized round tables in Niš, Kragujevac and Novi Sad (26-28 October) to discuss findings and recommendations presented in three reports: Overview of Existing Victim Support Services in Serbia, Ensuring Funding for Victim Support Services, and Operating Networks for ...
Annual Judges' Conference - Vrnjačka Banja - October 4 - 7, 2017
- October 25, 2017
Annual Judges' Conference is the main judicial event in Serbia, held traditionally each autumn in Vrnjačka Banja resort. 157 courts gather during three working days to discuss the crucial legal and judicial issues which arose during the year. Supreme Court of Cassation hosts the conference, supported by the pool of ...
Court Rewards Program - 2017
- October 24, 2017
Under the auspices of the 2017 Annual Judges’ Conference, the Supreme Court of Cassation awarded the best performing courts for the second year in a row.
Assisted by the MDTF-JSS, the SCC designed the Court Rewards Program to motivate first instance courts to improve their efficiency and productivity in processing cases.
MEETING OF COMMERCIAL COURTS IN KRAGUJEVAC, 16-17 October 2017
- October 23, 2017
The Commercial appellate Court, supported by the MDTF-JSS, organized a meeting with presidents of all commercial courts in Serbia on 16 – 17 October 2017 in the Conference room of Hotel Šumarice in Kragujevac. The meeting was also attended by the Deputy President of the Commercial Court of Appeal, the ...
Visit to Judicial Institutions in Rome - 10-12 October 2017 - Rome, Italy
- October 23, 2017
On October 10 to 12, the Minister of Justice Nela Kuburovic and her delegation were on official visit to judicial institutions in Rome. The visit involved a meeting with H.E. Mr. Andrea Orlando, Italian Minister of Justice, meeting with Mr. Rafaele Cantone, President of Italy's Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) and meeting ...
SCC Report on Summer Course on European Data Protection Law
- September 28, 2017
From 11th to 15th of September 2017 Irina Ristić, Judicial Advisor and Jasminka Burić, Secretary of Civil Department from The Supreme Court of Cassation of Serbia, attended Training on European Data Protection Law, organized by Academy of European Law (ERA) in its centre in Trier, Germany, through lectures, workshops, presentations ...
Lessons from a project that’s beaten the odds
- September 27, 2017
World Bank Feature Blog by Mr Tony Verheijen, Serbia Country Manager, 25 September 2017.
As I packed up my desk after four years as the World Bank Country Manager for Serbia, I thought back on some of the exciting programs we have managed and how I can apply lessons from these ...
Victim Support Services in Serbia Conference - September 19, 2017
- September 20, 2017
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia and Multi-donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia (MDTF – JSS) jointly organized an event on the importance of establishing victim support services in Serbia. Conference were held on September 19, 2017 in Metropol Palace Hotel. Opening remarks were given ...
Operating networks for victim support services
- September 5, 2017
Meeting victims' needs before, during and after criminal proceedings may considerably mitigate negative consequences of victimization. It can also prevent these consequences from worsening due to bad treatment during the process. If victims receive appropriate support and protection, they will recover more quickly both physically and emotionally from the crime. ...
Ensuring funding for victim support services
- September 5, 2017
Historically, victims have been largely ignored and forgotten. In recent years, there has been increasing political recognition of the need to take action, but this has not been matched with sufficient and equivalent allocation of existing resources. In ensuring financing for functioning of victim support systems, states have at their ...
Report on Training in European Labor Law ERA Centre in Trier, Germany - I
- July 20, 2017
From 2nd to 7th of July 2017 two representatives from The Supreme Court of Cassation in Serbia, Advisors Ms Ljupka Gogić and Ms Zinaida Belić attended Training in European Labor Law, organized by ERA Centre in Trier, Germany.
The aim of the Training was to give insight into European Labor Law ...
Report on Training in WTO and EU TRADE LAW ERA Centre in Trier, Germany - II
- July 20, 2017
From 2nd to 7th of July 2017 two representatives from The Supreme Court of Cassation in Serbia, Advisors Ms Ana Dukić and Mr Saša Čepić attended Training in WTO AND EU TRADE LAW, organized by ERA Centre in Trier, Germany, and supported by the MDTF.
Functions of WTO are to facilitate ...
What happens if you don’t pay your bill? Lessons from Central and Eastern Europe
- July 19, 2017
We all have regular bills to pay for the ubiquitous services we consume – whether they be for utilities (water, heating, electricity etc.), credit cards, memberships, or car payments. But, not everyone pays.
Across an economy, these unpaid bills convert into millions of small-value enforcement claims, which are often uncontested. An ...
REPORT ON VISIT TO UN, NEW YORK, USA - JUNE 5-9th 2017
- July 17, 2017
The aim of the visit was to take part in the UN Security Council Session as well as to present recent developments and Serbian position regarding implementation and monitoring of the National Strategy for the Prosecution of War Crimes. In parallel, the expected result of the visit was to get ...
Legal analysis of responsibilities of Serbian police when dealing with victims of crime
- July 13, 2017
The MTDF JSS team in cooperation with Victims support Europe prepared detailed Analysis of legislation, policy documents and practice guidelines relevant to the responsibilities of Serbian police when dealing with victims of crime. Police is often first contact of victim with the state institutions. The Analysis includes an in-depth analysis ...
Victims access to support services in Serbia
- July 6, 2017
The Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support (MDTF-JSS), in partnership with Victim Support Europe are implementing a number of activities aimed at strengthening victim support services in Serbia. To assist the Government of Serbia in setting up victim support services, a necessary step was to identify and describe ...
CERTIFICATION COURSES IN VARIOUS IT FIELDS - Belgrade - February 20th - June 2nd 2017
- June 20, 2017
Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia supported "CERTIFICATION COURSES IN VARIOUS IT FIELDS" in the following trainings: ECDL Start, ECDL Advanced, 20411: Administering Windows Server, 20461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server and 20464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Databases.
ECDL Start Training (and corresponding testing) was held ...
REPORT ON PUBLIC SECTOR CONFERENCE - Zlatibor, 21 May – 24 May 2017
- June 20, 2017
A conference on the current legislation relevant for the public sector was organized by "Paragraf", in Zlatibor, 21 May – 24 May, 2017. The following areas of legislation were included:
Implementation of the Law on Administrative Procedure (came into force 1 June, 2017)
Limitation of employment in the public sector by the ...
3rd Global Forum for Associations of Prosecutors, Belgrade May 25-28
- June 13, 2017
Prosecutors Association of Serbia was hosting 3rd Global Forum for Associations of Prosecutors in Belgrade from May 25-28, 2017. This conference was supported by the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support (MDTF-JSS) administered by the World Bank and the OSCE Mission to Serbia. Topic of the conference was ...
5th European IDAHOT Forum 18-19 May 2017 - Brussels
- May 20, 2017
On May 18 to 19, the representatives of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) visited the Brussels, Belgium, as participants of the 5th European IDAHOT Forum (www.idahot2017.com).
IDAHOT is the abbreviation of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which takes place annually on May 17.
This year’s Forum, entitled “Back to ...
Improving implementation and reporting of Action plan for Chapter 23
- May 10, 2017
The aim of the workshop was to improve implementation and reporting on implementation of activities set in the Action plan for Chapter 23. The workshop was performed by consultants from the Reform and Accession Facilitation Unit based at the Ministry of Justice (RAFU MOJ) Milica Kolakovic – Bojovic, the Consultant ...
Institutional Mapping of existing victim support service in Serbia
- April 12, 2017
The MDTF JSS continue to provide support to Serbian authorities in order to establish comprehensive victim support service. The latest activity is related to the mapping of the existing victim support services in Serbia. The mapping is looking at generic and specialist services and organisations specifically focused on victims of ...
Analysis of Public Prosecutor's Office Web Sites in the Republic of Serbia
- April 3, 2017
In order to analyze availability of information related to public prosecutor's office in Serbia the MDTF-JSS completed analysis of public prosecutor's office websites. The report looked at all aspects related to the public prosecutor's office presence on internet; how many public prosecutor's offices have active website, analysis of website quality, ...
DIGITAL JUSTICE SEMINAR - Amsterdam, 31 March 2017
- April 2, 2017
Digital Justice Seminar was organized by European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ). Aim of this seminar was to identify the role and the position of Councils and / or the judiciaries in the digital age and to serve to assist in identifying the ENCJ Strategy in the field ...
ANALYSIS OF ARREARS OF PUBLIC PROSECUTORS OFFICES IN SERBIA
- March 4, 2017
The MDTF JSS expert team prepared Analysis of Arrears of Public Prosecutors Offices in Serbia as a follow up analytic work. The Analysis on Budget Estimates for the Operation of the State Prosecutorial Council and Public Prosecutors Offices prepared by the MDTF JSS in late 2016 identified need for detailed ...
Key controversies in the process of drafting the Law on Free Legal Aid
- February 10, 2017
The Round table was organized in the Palace of Serbia on 26 January 2017, with participation of key civil society organizations, representatives of different Bar associations, as well as the EU Delegation, the OSCE and representatives of various embassies, and MDTF donors.
The aim of this event was to publicly discuss ...
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR COURTS AND TRIBUNAL ADMINISTRATORS, ORGANIZED BY THE STATE COURTS OF SINGAPORE IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LEE KUAN YEW SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY
- February 10, 2017
On January 16 to 20, 2017, Darko Tadic, president of Higher Court in Novi Sad, Djordje Gojgic, president of Basic Court in Novi Pazar and Mirjana Pavlovic, higher advisor in High Judicial Council of Serbia, visited Singapore, as participants of Executive Leadership Programme for Court and Tribunal Administrators.
Executive Leadership Programme ...
ISO standards training
- January 26, 2017
Multi Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support in Serbia (MDTF-JSS) organized training in the field ISO standards for employees in Ministry of Justice, High Judicial Council, Supreme Cassation Court, Administrative Court, Commercial Court of Appeals, Court of Appeals in Belgrade and Court of Appeals in Nis.
The trainings were organized for standards: