Dissemination of the Serbia Judicial Functional Review
Presentations in Niš February 20, 2015
In cooperation with the Supreme Court of Cassation the World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support (MDTF-JSS) organized an event to launch the Serbia Judicial Functional Review on February 20th in Niš.
Mr. Dragan Jocić, president of the Appeal Court in Niš and Mr. Edvard Jerin, Appeal Public Prosecutor in Niš hosted the Functional Review dissemination event.
Mr. Srdjan Svirčev, Public Sector Specialist and Marina Matic, WB consultant, presented on behalf of the Judicial Functional Review team.
Mr. Svirčev explained the process and methodology of the performance framework, data gathering, data generation, consultation and preparation of the Functional Review as well as its objectives and scope. Review objectives were to create a data-rich baseline for Serbia’s accession negotiations under Chapter 23, provide analytic input for opening benchmarks under Chapter 23 and enable Serbia and the EU to measure the impact of future reforms. Ms. Matic outlined the Functional Review’s main findings of external performance of the judicial system and the recommendations for improvement of efficiency, quality and access of justice service delivery. Mr. Svirčev presented the main findings of internal performance (governance and management, human resource management, financial resource management, ICT, infrastructure) and recommendations for the strengthening of the inner workings of the judicial system. The presentation can be accessed here.
After the presentations a discussion took place. Judges and prosecutors were interested in ways to improve the perception of corruption in the judiciary, the strengthening of financial management flexibility, the introduction of practical solutions in service delivery, increasing skills of administrative/support staff and procurement of proper ICT equipment.
The presentation was attended by more than 40 stakeholders, including court presidents, public prosecutors, judges and deputy prosecutors from the jurisdiction of the Niš Appeal Court.
For the MDTF-JSS, the next step will be further dissemination of the Functional Review and presentations throughout Serbia to law students and other stakeholders.
You can access the Serbia Judicial Functional Review here. The Functional Review was funded by the MDTF-JSS, which has been established with generous contributions from the EU Delegation in Serbia, the United Kingdom Department for International Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Switzerland.