EU Contribution: 13,400,000 EUR
Ministry of Justice and State Administration
Ministry of Interior
Basic Courts – 34 and court units (102)
Higher Courts -26,
Appellate Courts -4,
The Supreme Court of Cassation
Serbia recently adopted a number of judicial laws, regulating a comprehensive restructuring (territorial, organisational, procedural, etc.) of Serbian judiciary's operations. The previously existing municipal courts were transformed into basic courts and their number was reduced fourfold. The restructuring of the court network brought a number of challenges for judicial operations.
The project stems from the need of the Serbian administration to ensure implementation and further development of the judiciary reform strategy, including efficient and timely delivery of criminal justice. The project will tackle the key problems of overall efficiency of all courts of general jurisdiction, by improving operational procedures, introducing professional development, education of judicial personnel and better public outreach of courts.
Such a holistic approach to project implementation should improve the efficiency, quality of work and the public image of the judicial system in the Republic of Serbia
To improve the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of court proceedings; support to the newly established system of enforcement of court decisions; enabling a coordinated fight against all forms of crime through more efficient investigation and court trial procedures, improved capacity of courts, to measure their performance, securing adequate equipment, increased involvement of the civil society and general public into the substantive evaluation of the criminal justice system in the Republic of Serbia.
Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has supported Serbia in implementing its National Judicial Reform Strategy.
World Bank- led Multi-Donor Trust Fund for Justice Sector Support: Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden (SIDA), the United Kingdom, and the EU
DFID supported court management reforms
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) supported the Misdemeanour Courts and the Judicial Training Centre
Judicial Training Centre training activities supported by the French Embassy
USAID has funded a reform programme at the commercial courts, numerous training and legislative reforms, as well as the development of the new legislation in the area of enforcing civil claim
Improving the forensic and crime scene operatio ns in the Police Unit in Novi Sad, Government of Norway
Establishment of the Center for forensic training and improvement of forensic crime scene processing (inspection), Government of Sweden
1. Two service contracts for Components 1 and 3: Judicial efficiency & Implementation of new Criminal Procedure Code
Budget: 9 MEUR and 1.3 MEUR
2. One supply contract for Component 3: Implementation of new Criminal Procedure Code
Budget: 760,000 EUR
3. One Works Contract for Component 4: Adaptation of space for improving investigative techniques and forensics
Budget: 540,000 EUR
4. One Direct Grant for Component 2: Effective enforcement of court decisions Budget: 2 MEUR