Initiating a sustainable judicial data collection process in Kosovo*

Pristina 20 March 2019
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Initiating a sustainable judicial data collection process in Kosovo*

On 14 March 2019, the European Commission of the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) international expert, Ms Julinda Beqiraj presented the main findings of the second CEPEJ assessment report of the judicial system in Kosovo to the judicial authorities, international partners and members of civil society organisations. The report was prepared with the full engagement of local institutions to compile the data: the Kosovo Judicial Council, Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, Office of Free Legal Aid, Kosovo Bar Association, and courts to assess the progress made in 2017 compared to 2014 in terms of quality and efficiency.

It focuses on the budgetary resources allocated to justice, the number of judges and staff, and examines the evolution of the two key CEPEJ indicators (clearance rate and disposition time) to assess the performance of the courts from 2014 to 2017. During the event, Mr Qemajl Marmullakaj, Secretary General to the Ministry of Justice, announced the appointment of two coordinators who will be in charge of collecting and assessing data during future assessments of the judicial system. This measure was recommended in the report and identified as of high priority to establish a sustainable data collection process.

This activity was organised by the KoSEJ Action “Strengthening the Quality and Efficiency of Justice in Kosovo”, which is part of the programme entitled "Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey", co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe. 

Link to the report in Albanian English Serbian

* 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.