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 Self-Representation Guide cannot replace lawyers advice, however it could provide useful information on rights and obligations during court proceedings, procedures in front of Ombudsperson, Commissioner for free access to information and Commissioner for Equality. Guide could ensure informed decision making if procedures should be initiated.
Having in mind that Serbia does not have Law on free legal aid, the Guide could improve access to justice to those citizens who cannot afford lawyers representation or assistance. The Guide could be used by judges who has self-represented parties and who should provide advice to those parties. The Self-Representation Guide is available in Serbia and could be downloaded here