Judiciary: Rewards for court efficiency

As of October, the expertise and efficiency of courts in Serbia will be financially rewarded from the World Bank’s trust fund.

In order to become eligible for these rewards, courts need to increase the total number of settled cases, especially the outdated ones.

The Supreme Court of Cassation has approved an ordinance that stipulates allocation of rewards for courts that will be given once a year for the courts of first instance. The final decision about the rewards will be made by the Cassation Court’s Committee and its Chairman.

Four categories will be rewarded: an increase in the number of settled old cases, an overall increase in settled cases relative to the previous year, innovative handling of the cases or efficient court management, and improving the transparency and public nature of courts.

In 2016, the rewards will be given in the first two categories with the total available funds of 20,000 EUR. The first award is 5,000 EUR. They will be given at the annual judicial conference called “Judicial Days 2016” that will take place in Vrnjacka Banja from 9th to 12th October.

The President of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Supreme Judicial Council, Dragomir Milojevic explains that such rewards are common practice in the EU and are meant to promote those judicial institutions that achieve excellent results.

-These rewards are supposed to create a positive atmosphere in the judicial sector and improve its reputation in the society. The aim is to motivate courts to work as team. The money will not go to court presidents, but to the entire court as a recognition for good team work. The award funds come from the World Bank’s multi donor trust fund – Milojevic explains.

The money will not be paid directly into the court’s account, but the court will rather have to choose a reward in kind meaning computers, scanners, office supplies, painting services, repairs and similar.

The decision on which court should receive the reward will be based on a statistical report and will correspond to the number of open cases that judges have to settle and the size of the court.

(Blic, 27.09.2016)

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