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Judicial Efficiency in the U.S.: a Project for Serbia

March 1-6, 2018

About the Project:

This project aims at improving judicial and prosecutorial efficiency, and is designed to expose judges, prosecutors, and relevant staff to best practices when it comes to efficiently managing a court docket and/or running a prosecutorial office. Throughout the program, participants are exposed to judicial best practices with respect to courtroom practices, case-flow management, and the administration of a large courthouse, and best practices related to effectively moving cases through the Court (from a defendant's initial arrangement to sentencing).

By the same token, prosecutors are exposed to best management practices with respect to office/case management, in order to achieve better prosecutorial efficiency. Participants will learn about intake procedures, complaint drafting, arrangements, charging and plea guidelines, and other processes that maximize efficiency.

Project Context:

Large case backlogs are a major problem in Serbia, and further undermine the ability of judges and prosecutors to investigate/adjudicate complicated fraud and corruption matters. A recent poll also suggests that Serbia trails its Balkan neighbors in terms of respect for basic judicial principles and law adherence. This project will aid Serbians in reforming and strengthening their judicial systems.

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