Project title: “Towards Stronger Judiciary through Citizens’ Monitoring: Justice Agreement Monitoring: Phase 3”
Project duration: September 2021 – July 2022
Donor: Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) / Royal Norwegian Embassy
Project value: EUR 21,615.00
Although facing numerous challenges, Serbia continues to work on advancing judicial reform through the Action Plan for Chapter 35 (together with Chapter 23), which is an important step for Serbia toward necessary progress in the rule of law. YUCOM, with the support of the Balkan Trust for Democracy and the Royal Norwegian Embassy, is implementing the third phase of the Towards Stronger Judiciary through Citizens’ Monitoring project.
YUCOM will continue to monitor the effects of the Brussels Justice Agreement on access to justice for the citizens of Serbia and Kosovo. The team will focus on current cases before the integrated judiciary in Mitrovica and will present case studies of parallel cases before the courts in Mitrovica and Leskovac. In addition to case studies, the team will organize online discussions on an already established platform Open Doors of Judiciary.
By organizing a field visit to the Basic Court in Leskovac, the Basic Court in Mitrovica and the respective Prosecutor’s office, relevant stakeholders will be interviewed to obtain input on further issues and problems with assigned cases as well as parallel cases. This data will be used to present case studies of citizens who have to claim their rights before both courts. The result will be the third Report on the Implementation and Effects of the Justice Agreement Integration.