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Macedonia Judicial Strengthening Project (JSP)

Republic of Macedonia

Study Tour to Netherlands and Slovenia for
Members of Macedonian Court Administrators and Court Staff
Den Hague, Netherlands and Ljubljana, Slovenia
24 September – 03 October, 2013

OBJECTIVE

This study tour to The Netherlands and Slovenia was designed to improve the performance of Macedonian court administrators and court staff in implementing their functions and responsibilities by learning from experiences in other countries while gaining necessary knowledge, skills and abilities as court managers.

The participants learned to recognize and support reforms that strengthen judicial independence and promote more effective and accountable court and administrative operations of the judicial sector administrative and management bodies and the courts. It addressed the issues of accountability, transparency and effectiveness and emphasize communication and cooperation between governing administrative bodies and institutions. Participants discussed and examined effective governance and operational systems for managing court resources, budgets, human, facilities equipment etc.


Targeted areas for capacity building:
  •  Improved communication and coordination among judicial branch actors and governance bodies;
  •  Improved communication and coordination between other branches of government;
  •  Clarification of roles and responsibilities for serving the needs and management of the judiciary, courts and governance bodies within the judiciary;
  •  Enhanced institutional capacity of the judiciary to manage, based on real needs defined by actual data;
  •  Expanded view of uses of automation and case management and information systems;
  •  Identifying and discovering laws, policies and practices which improve management and administration of the judiciary;
  •  Merit-based approaches used to hire, evaluate and promote non-judicial staff;
  •  Preparation of needs-based budgets based on analysis and projections of actual workloads;
  •  Public out -reach and promotions to enhance the citizens trust and confidence ;
  •  How to assist the media with understanding court operations and the work of courts; function of public information officers in the courts and central court administration;
  •  Mechanisms to review and propose laws which support judicial independence and rule of law

OUTCOMES

During the course of this Study Tour, the participants were exposed to, were given examples of, and discussed:
  •   Examples of the roles and responsibilities for serving the needs and management of the judiciary, courts and governance bodies within the judiciary
  •   Remarkable examples of enhanced institutional capacity of the judiciary to manage, based on real needs defined by actual data
  •   Excellent examples of the uses of automation, case management, and information systems
  •   Practical examples of laws, policies and practices which improve management and administration of the judiciary
  •   The role of, and methods of how to assist the media with understanding court operations and the work of courts; function of public information officers
  •   Mechanisms to review and propose laws which support judicial independence and rule of law
  •   Methods for communication and coordination among judicial branch actors and governance bodies
  •   Communication and coordination between other branches of government; between the Courts, Ministry of Justice, Parliament(s), etc.
  •   Merit-based approaches used to hire, evaluate and promote non-judicial staff
  •   Real live examples of various budget methodologies based on analysis and projections of actual workloads
  •   The challenges and need for public out-reach and promotions to enhance the citizens trust and confidence

Examples of Experience Sharing meetings in Den Hague and Ljubljana

  • Briefings on Court Administration/Management
    •  - International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, “The Hague”
  • Judicial Training Center of The Netherlands – Utrecht
  • Briefing from Professor Philip Langbroek, Utrecht School of Law, Utrecht University
    • - Professor of Justice Administration and Judicial Organisation Chair of the Institute for Jurisprudence, Constitutional and Administrative Law,
  • Briefing from Council of State of The Netherlands
  • Briefing from Judicial Council of Republic of Slovenia
  • Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia
    • - Judicial Training Centre
  • Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia
ICTY, The Hague                                                                                                                                   Famed 3 Bridges, Lubljana
                                                                                                 








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