The British Council has just been awarded its second of two contracts funded by the EU pre-accession fund – ‘Capacity Building of the Judicial Academy’, which is valued at over €2 million, to run alongside the ‘Judicial Efficiency Project’. The ‘Enhancing Educational Activities and Improvement of Organisational Capacities of the Judicial Academy’ project has been started this March by our winning consortium which consists of the International Foundation of Administration and Public Policies of Spain (FIIAPP), Alternative Consulting and AlterFact.
The Judicial Academy is a relatively new institution within the Serbian judicial system. Its main purpose is to become the hub for judicial learning through the provision of initial, continuous and specialised training for judges and prosecutors. These two key documents- National Judicial Reform Strategy 2013 - 2018 and the Action plan for Chapter 23-envisaged a reform agenda which should enable the Academy to fulfil its main purpose.
In the next two years, the British Council and its partners will assist the Academy to continue with its role of performing judicial and prosecutorial functions professionally and independently, as well as competently and efficiently administering the affairs of judicial and prosecutorial staff. We will enhance the educational activities and ensure that new structures within the Academy will be fully operational and functioning.
This project aims to not only modernise the judicial system, but also contribute to the unification of the case law among Serbian courts as well as its harmonisation with the EU standards. This is expected to result in reduced numbers of violations currently found by the European Court for Human Rights.