High Judicial Council and Individual Independence in SerbiaAs a part of the co-operation framework o-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, known as the “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey” (Horizontal Facility), the Council of Europe is implementing the Action “Strengthening Legal Guarantees for Independent and Impartial Tribunals”. The Action is implemented in close partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the High Judicial Council, the State Prosecutorial Council and the Judicial Academy. The Action also includes a wide spectrum of different national stakeholders, as well as civil society organisations engaged in the field of rule of law.

This Action aims to strengthen the guarantees for independent and impartial tribunals (Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights) by supporting and initiating measures to build the capacity of the High Judicial Council (HJC) and of the State Prosecutorial Council (SPC) in countering and dealing effectively with undue internal and external pressure on the decision making process of individual judges, prosecutors, judicial and prosecutorial assistants. The Action also aims to protect judges, prosecutors, judicial and prosecutorial assistants from such risks by developing a set of internal documents to strengthen guarantees of independence, and develop a professional culture of impartiality.

The duration of the Action is set at 22 months, with an overall budget of EUR 400,000 and is expected to be completed by 28 February 2019.

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Horizontal Facility: Serbia - Strengthening Legal Guarantees for Independent and Impartial Tribunals

Training of trainers on preventing undue or unlawful influence on the prosecution service

6 November 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

The Council of Europe and The Serbian Judicial Academy organised a one-day training of trainers for senior prosecutors on addressing risks of undue or unlawful influence on the prosecution service. Council of Europe experts completed a series of workshops on preventing undue pressure for both...

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Horizontal Facility: Serbia - Strengthening Legal Guarantees for Independent and Impartial Tribunals

Media and communication skills workshop for the High Judicial Council

3-4 December 2018 Šabac, Serbia

How to successfully communicate with the media and target audiences was in the focus of a two-day workshop for members of the High Judicial Council (HJC) held in Šabac on 3-4 December 2018. Six HJC members had an opportunity to discuss challenges and their experience related to media with experts...

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Horizontal Facility: Serbia - Strengthening Legal Guarantees for Independent and Impartial Tribunals

Conference on Judicial Independence

28 November 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

A Conference on Judicial Independence was organised by the Council of Europe and OSCE Mission to Serbia, in co-ordination with the Ministry of Justice, the High Judicial Council and the State Prosecutorial Council. It brought together more than 100 judges, prosecutors, representatives of civil...

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