Increasing the Efficiency of Basic CourtsFeb 10, 2017
Based on the data from the annual report of the Kosovo Judicial Council for 2016, more than 423 thousand cases were filed in seven Basic Courts in Kosovo during the last year. Very often, the work of these judicial institutions is further hampered due to the lack of adequate equipment for operational work in the field.
The Support to the Strengthening the Rule of Law project became aware of this long-term concern through regular meetings with the heads of courts and earlier this year UNDP officials provided technical support to each of the seven courts equipping them with laptops, projectors and portable printers.
Mr. Ali Kutllovci, acting president of the Basic Court in Mitrovicë/a highly appreciated UNDP's technical support, emphasizing that: " the laptops, and the portable printers will be of great help for judges during their work in the crime scenes." Mr. Kutllovci recalled a recent double murder case in Mitrovicë/a region where one of the judges had to respond to the crime scene with a notepad only to record the evidence.
According to Mr. Kutllovci, laptops and printers will greatly affect the performance of the judges in the field that will consequently enable the courts to come to better-informed decisions and more qualitative and transparent trials for all parties involved.
The president of Prishtinë/Priština Basic Court Ms. Afërdita Bytyçi also welcomed the UNDP’s donation highlighting that the donated equipment will have a positive impact in the administration of the court, and on the judges’ performance in the field.
UNDP Project of Support for Strengthening the Rule of Law is also helping the Ministry of Justice, Judicial Council, Prosecutorial Council and the Judicial Institute in initiating and implementing a set of judicial reforms aimed at strengthening the rule of law in Kosovo.
Technical support is part of UNDP’s wider rule of law programme support in ensuring proper functioning of the judicial system and administration of courts. By equipping the Courts with the necessary and modern working tools, UNDP is supporting the judicial system to be more efficient in delivering justice for all. UNDP staff presented the equipment to all seven Court Presidents who are responsible for the management and operation of their courts.