Development Strategy Aims to Improve Low Level of Confidence in Judiciary

The Judiciary Development Strategy will be used to improve the low level of confidence in the sector.

It provides for a change to the election of Judicial Council members and an obligation for a comprehensive explanatory note in procedures to promote and dismiss judges and prosecutors, while there are also new rules to elect the Head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office for Prosecution of Organised Crime and Corruption.

The Justice Ministry and a working group consisting of experts, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, enforcement agents, is behind the document. Their analysis of the situation and laws shows the judicial system is at an all-time low.

Academician Vlado Kambovski of the working group said on Thursday politics was to blame. “Exactly the goal of establishing the rule of law principle is to bridle both political parties and the executive power in terms of their true role is advancing democratic relations, offering projects and similar activities, not pressures on court institutions about how they will solve cases,” he stated.

The Justice Ministry is thinking about shutting down courts in minor cities for which staff is hard to find and which have a small number of cases.