USAID GAI Advances the Design of an Electronic Register of Corruption Cases in Serbia
January 31, 2019
On January 31, 2019, USAID’s Government Accountability Initiative (GAI), implemented by Checchi & Company Consulting Inc., convened a second workshop of representatives of Serbia’s anticorruption court units and Public Prosecutors’ Offices (PPOs) to analyze the legal framework, data quality, and user requirements for the design and planned implementation of a first-ever Electronic Register of Corruption Cases (ERCC) in the country. Reporting on corruption cases is a requirement of Serbia’s EU Accession Action Plan for implementation of Chapter 23.
The first workshop, held in December 2018, enabled the representatives to lay to identify reporting requirements and lay groundwork to collect requests from the end users on desired content and functional features of automated reports to be generated by an ERCC.
GAI facilitated the second session with a focus group of 21 representatives of registries, statistical and IT units, and legal professionals from the Supreme Court of Cassation, Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office, Belgrade Misdemeanor Court and the four specialized anticorruption units in Higher Courts and the aligned PPOs. The dialogue allowed participants to share their practices to better understand their respective working environments and plan for a more uniform, user-friendly resource for monitoring and reporting on prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases based on reliable information.
Discussions during both workshops were tailored around four thematic areas: 1) current legal frameworks and practices of collecting data in existing court and prosecutor management systems; 2) practice and problems in preparation of regular and ad hoc reports of specialized anticorruption units; 3) standardization of code books and quality of data in management systems and resulting reporting; and 4) identification of types and content of data to improve future reporting and meet the needs of courts and prosecutors’ offices.
The ERCC will improve information sharing among Serbia’s enforcement and judicial institutions mandated to pursue prosecution and adjudication of corruption cases. The participating institutions will continue to provide guidance throughout the assessment and definition of required functionalities for an ERCC design and planned piloting in 2019.