Praxis Watch

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Praxis Statement on Lawyers’ Strike

The lawyers’ strike had once again shown the weaknesses of the legal system in Serbia. In the Serbia Progress Report, the European Commission has also referred to the problems of the judicial system in Serbia. A large number of cases, the length of court procedures, statute of limitation and others are just some of the reasons which impede the access to justice.

The strike particularly threatens the part of the population classified as vulnerable population groups, such as women survivors of domestic violence, children, Roma men and Roma women. By representing the vulnerable groups, Praxis, through its advocacy activities, pointed at problems faced by the vulnerable groups in the procedure for court protection. The greatest problem for all of them is the length of court procedures, but also the inability within the short deadline to exercise the right to temporary measures that are urgent according to the applicable regulations.

The judicial system in Serbia has been unable to provide the protection to the vulnerable groups in Serbia for almost two months. For instance, criminal procedures for the criminal act of domestic violence are postponed because defenders and defendants do not appear at hearings, which threatens the very procedure as it can lead to statute of limitations. In addition, the survivors of domestic violence are deprived of the right to urgent protection due to failure of the representatives of defendants to appear in the procedures for determining the measures for protection of survivors of domestic violence. Thus, the safety of survivors is directly threatened.

We are calling on the Ministry of Justice to urgently find the solution for resolving this and other problems in the judicial system of Serbia in order to facilitate the access to justice for citizens.

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