EU’s ‘Judicial Efficiency’ Project gives push to Serbian old court cases

EU’s ‘Judicial Efficiency’ Project gives push to Serbian old court cases

The judicial system in Serbia became more efficient thanks to the two-year effort made by the EU with the aim to ensure that citizens will have “a swifter and easier access to justice”. 

The European Union has given a hand to Serbia so that old court cases that have been pending for years would be reduced by half.

“When the ‘Judicial Efficiency’ Project started in Serbia there were some 1,4 million cases that have been pending for more than 2 years. The new law offered an opportunity to close a significant number of these cases, but each of them also had to be identified and further processed. ‘When we spoke with the court staff at the beginning, they estimated it would take approximately ten years to solve this problem’, said Brian Le Duc, the project Team Leader”.

Results have been specular even since the project kicked off. Within 18 months only, the team got to the point where, right now there are 655,000 non-tried cases, “in 30 pilot courts across” Serbia. All steps before a case is brought to court were taken by 60 “temporarily engaged” employees, thus fulfilling tasks of extreme importance but, at the same time, tasks that the local judicial staff seemed unable to process due to the workload.

On top of that,  thousands of wrong and missing items of data have been corrected in 20 courts, while the EU team trained nearly 2,000 staff (judges among them) working for and inside courts of the country.

In a nutshell, the Head of EU Delegation in Serbia, Ambassador Sem Fabrizi summarised the success achieved by all participants and thanks to their committed efforts: “We achieved a double objective: to make the system efficient and give the possibility to a very large number of citizens in Serbia to see their cases solved”…/IBNA