American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) and Partners Serbia are presenting the “Detention Procedure Assessment for Serbia” on Friday, 6 June 2014 from 12:00 to 15:00, in Media Center, Terazije 3, Belgrade.
Although Serbia has been implementing reforms aimed at imptoving the efficiency of its criminal justice system, the use of detention as a measure to secure the presence of the defendant is still excessive, and does not correspond to the gravity of the offense and the special circumstances of the defendant. Alternatives to detention are still not implemented sufficiently, even though it could lead to more appropriate use of limited resources and increased efficiency and fairness of criminal procedures, without compromising the safety of the community. These were some of the conclusions of the Detention Procedure Assessment for Serbia conducted by the ABA ROLI and Partners Serbia, aimed at informing professional and general public on use of detention, as well as encouraging dialog about the possibilities of using alternatives measures to secure the presence of the defendant.
Author of the Assessment is Mary Adele Greer, Senior Criminal Law Advisor to the ABA ROLI. Data collection was conducted during June and July 2013, through analysis of the legal framework and relevant resources, as well as through interviews with judges, prosecutors, attorneys, representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Internal Affair, civil society, international organizations and media. Results of the Assessment are compiled in publication “Detention Procedure Assessment for Serbia” which will be presented at the event.
The Assessment is a part of the Serbia Criminal Defense Capacity Program (CDCP), implemented by the ABA ROLI and Partners Serbia, with support from the U.S. Department of State/Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL), and in cooperation with the Bar Association of Serbia.