On 20 June 2018, a CEPEJ international expert initiated, in Pristina, a new assessment phase based on 2017 data according to the CEPEJ evaluation grid which was adapted to Kosovo. This second initiative comes from a direct request of key KoSEJ beneficiaries to follow-up on the in-depth assessment of the justice system in Kosovo which was published in January 2018. Meetings were held with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the Kosovo Judicial Council, the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, the Kosovo Bar Association, and the Agency for Free Legal Aid to discuss the data they were able to collect themselves concerning budgetary resources, professionals, court structure, and statistics on the caseload in the courts and prosecution offices. Follow-up on the recommendations of the first assessment were also discussed and the importance of establishing a sustainable process of data collection was particularly stressed. To do so, a coordinator for regular data collection should notably be designated. The activity also took place in the context of the Functional Review process of the Rule of Law Sector led by the Ministry of Justice which was launched in March 2018 and to which the KoSEJ is contributing with these assessments and recommendations.
The workshop was organised by the KoSEJ Action, funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.