High Judicial Council and Individual Independence in SerbiaAs a part of the co-operation framework co-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"

Amendments to the Serbian Constitution in the area of the judiciary

18 September 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

The “Round Table on Amendments to the Serbian Constitution in the Area of the Judiciary” will gather representatives of the government, of the parliament, and of the judiciary, as well as other stakeholders such as professional associations, civil society organisations and the academia, to...

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

Serbian judicial assistants trained on how to deal with risks of undue influence

23 and 24 October 2018 Nis and Kragujevac, Serbia

Judicial assistants from the appellate regions of Nis and Kragujevac attended one-day workshops on dealing with risks of undue influence effectively on 23 and 24 October respectively. More than 50 judicial assistants from central and southern Serbia are now equipped with skills to effectively...

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Training of Trainers on Preventing Undue Influence at the Serbian Judicial Academy

25 October 2018 Belgrade, Serbia

The Council of Europe and The Serbian Judicial Academy organised a one day training of trainers for senior judges on addressing risks of undue influence on the judiciary. Council of Europe experts completed a series of workshops on preventing undue pressure for both judges and judicial assistants...

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