Serbia must do more to ensure judges’ and prosecutors’ independence

The ICJ presented today a submission to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Serbia on the independence of the judiciary and the autonomy of the prosecution service.

In its submission, the ICJ drew attention to the following issues:

  • the involvement of the National Assembly in the appointment and dismissal of judges and prosecutors;
  • the composition of the High Judicial Council (HJC) and State Prosecutors’ Council (SPC) ;
  • the tenure of judges, court presidents, public prosecutors, and deputy public prosecutors;
  • the protection of judges and prosecutors; and
  • Serbia’s engagement with international human rights instruments and mechanisms.

The submission concludes with recommendations addressing the above-mentioned concerns. It builds on the findings of the ICJ contained in its report Serbia’s judges and lawyers: the long road to independent self-governance.

Serbia-IndependenceJudiciaryProsecution-UPRSubmission-Advocacy-2017-ENG (download the submission)


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