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Kosovo: 500 thousand pending cases in the judicial system

Kosovo: 500 thousand pending cases in the judicial system
The large number of pending cases in the courts of Kosovo continues to be a problem which the judicial system is not  able to overcome for years.

Experts of the justice system say that the large number of cases has to do with the lack of accountability and irresponsibility shown by judges.

University professor, Mazllum Baraliu says that judges in particular courts have not completed the necessary number of cases that they had to complete.

“The legal system is like an institutional dinosaur, which has over 500 thousand pending cases. Imagine, 60 thousand cases of misdemeanor, 20 thousand cases in the special chamber of the Supreme Court and so on. Not to mention the cases being handled in other courts”, he said.

Betim Musliu of the Kosovo’s Institute for Justice says that there are two reasons which have led to this failure in handling court cases.

“One of the main problems has to do with the large number of cases which are carried forward from one year to another. If we look into the number of cases handled each year, we can say that judges and prosecutors do an excellent job, but the problem relates to the hundreds of thousands of cases which are carried forward from one year to another. This needs a solution”, Musliu said.

The corruption in the justice system, lack of effectiveness, the large number of accumulated cases and the slowing down of reforms are part of the frequent criticism addressed to the judicial system by domestic and international organizations. /balkaneu.com/

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