Constituencies for Judicial Reform in Serbia
CONSTITUENCIES FOR JUDICIAL REFORM IN SERBIA
- Komitet pravnika za ljudska prava (YUCOM);
- Centar za evropske politike (CEP);
- Udruženje tužilaca i zamenika javnih tužilaca Srbije;
- Mreža odbora za ljudska prava u Srbiji (CHRIS mreža);
- Društvo sudija Srbije;
- Transparetnost Srbija;
- Beogradski centar za bezbednosnu politiku (BCBP);
- Partneri za demokratske promene (Partneri Srbija);
- Beogradski centar za ljudska prava;
- Centar za pravosudna istraživanja (CEPRIS);
- Narodni parlament Leskovac;;
- Forum sudija Srbije.
January 2019 – January 2022
The overall objective of this 38-month Project is to strengthen citizens’ confidence in the work of judicial institutions in the Republic of Serbia, by improving communication between the citizens and the judiciary.
The three specific objectives of the Project are:
- To establish proactive relationship between the representatives of the judiciary and the citizens and their better acquaintance with the system itself, which would help citizens to better meet and understand their rights, as well as how to reach them. The project aims to establish this type of relationship through several channels of communication with citizens, which have been adapted to the different social structure of the population, age and education level. This includes communication through a digital platform, digital media and blog posts, as well as through local councils in 15 cities and municipalities in Serbia. Led by the spirit of developed democracies, the project wants to adopt the principle of open dialogue between citizens and the judiciary, and to encourage their greater engagement in local communities. The task of the project is to help citizens to understand their rights, guaranteed by the Constitution, and to inform citizens how the judicial system works and how judges and prosecutors make fair and rational decisions.
- To work on researching and detecting the primary needs of citizens in their everyday practice with the judiciary in Serbia. This activity will try to understand and investigate citizens’ reasons for low level of trust in the judicial system, widely monitoring citizens’ experiences in meeting with the judiciary. As a result of this activity, the coalition on the project will create three comprehensive reports that would serve as a mean of further public policies formulation that support citizens’ needs.
- To raise the accountability and integrity of judicial institutions. The project aims to work with judicial and civil society stakeholders to enhance the integrity and accountability of judicial institutions through an improved methodology of integrity plans and an open procedure for appeals and free citizens’ complaints, making them more transparent, more accessible and engaging citizens themselves.