The third out of four planned trainings “Monitoring, Reporting and Specificity of Criminal Proceedings for Criminal Offenses with Elements of Corruption” was held at the Law Faculty in Nis on October 27, 2017. Training was intended for students of the final year at the Faculty of Law and students of master studies, willing to engage in the legal clinic. It was organized as part of the project “Empowering students of law clinics to follow corruption trials”.
Milan Filipovic, YUCOM Legal Advisor, opened the training talking about the legal nature of trials for criminal acts with the elements of corruption. After the introductory speech, the students who actively participated in the monitoring of the trial during the previous semester were awarded with certificates. Filipovic then presented the guidelines for trial monitoring. This was followed by group work, where students analyzed individual cases and trial monitoring reports. For the second part of the training, Borica Mitić, the Prosecutor of the Higher Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nis, talked about the experiences of the prosecution in the prosecuting of criminal offenses with the element of corruption. Prosecutor Mitić proposed organizing a visit to the Prosecutors office where students, with the help of the deputy public prosecutors, would have the opportunity to get better acquainted with the cases they would be monitoring.
The training was closed by the Judge of the Appellate Court in Niš, Dijana Janković, with a lecture about the nature of criminal offenses with the element of corruption and the specificities of court proceedings for these crimes, from the perspective of the judicial experience. Through the presentation of specific cases, Judge Jankovic pointed out to the complexity of the cases with the element of corruption and the necessity of mastering additional knowledge from the economic profession to deal with them. Students who attended the training will in the following period have the opportunity to monitor trials for crimes with the element of corruption before the High Court in Niš.