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.
As part of the programme on 19 January 2017, all participants visited the Singapore Changi Prison. Its former director Mr. Chua Chin Kiat was one of the speakers at Executive Leadership Programme and he presented the prison reform to the participants. Prison reform in Singapore was very successful and brought the recidivism rate of prisoners down from 44% to 24%. In the process of this reform, the entire prison service was transformed. Public perception survey in 2000 revealed that the public had little knowledge of Singapore Changi Prison but it was followed by the series of advertisements and media campaign that were aimed at changing the public's perception of Singapore Changi Prison. Slogan "Captains of Lives, Rehab, Renew, Restart" means that the vision of the officers in the prison is to define their role as Captains in the lives of inmates.
The participants from Serbia had a great opportunity to learn about the judicial system in Singapore. They presented Serbian judicial system to their colleagues, also.
All aspects of the visit were extremely useful for the members of the delegation. Gained knowledge in the preparation and implementation of the strategic and action plans could be introduced in judicial system in Serbia and lead to better delivery of court services and achievement of high performance in Serbian courts.