MINISTER SELAKOVIC AT PUBLIC DEBATE ON DRAFT NATIONAL JUDICIAL REFORM STRATEGY20.03.2013.
“We have to be aware of the fact that, although elaboration and adoption of a high quality strategy and accompanying action plan are the steps of extreme importance for further reform process, these activities are only a small portion of work ahead of us. To achieve the aim we need an efficient and monitored implementation process, and it seems that the new strategy draft envisaged proper mechanisms to that end,” emphasized minister of justice and public administration at public debate on the proposal of national judicial reform strategy that was organised in "Palata Srbija" in Belgrade.
Minister Selakovic assessed that difficult state of Serbian judiciary was additionally impaired by badly designed and even more badly implemented reform in 2009. “That reform caused dissatisfactory operation of the HJC and the SPC, inefficient network of courts and prosecutions that resulted in a multimillion number of unresolved cases, unequal work load of courts and judges with great number of cases and proceedings that are taking too long" emphasized Selakovic.
He noted that contrary to the existing state, on the other side there is an ideal we pursue today that is a successful and high quality judiciary.
“Gap between these two ends is deep and this strategy that will create reform processes in the five-year period, is the bridge to overcome it", said the minister of justice and public administration.
“Our goal is to develop independent and impartial judiciary where actions taken are professional, responsible, efficient and of high quality. Judiciary that deserves citizens' trust and provide them with accessible and achievable justice", the minister emphasized and added that only in a situation where judiciary independence is accompanied with proportional responsibility and where efficiency does not entail only expedition but also legal, expert and impartial acting with rational disposal of resources, we can talk about successful and functional judicial system.
Minister said that the Ministry insisted on full transparency of the draft strategy elaboration process as well as that it must include representatives of judicial institutions, professional associations, academic community, international organizations and non-governmental sector. “Text of the Strategy that you have in front of you today is the result of multi-month engagement of the working group for strategy elaboration and the World bank’s expert team” minister concluded.