USAID GAI and the Serbian Judicial Academy Present The Practicum for Investigation and Adjudication of Corruption Offences
September 23, 2019
In March 2018, Serbia enacted the Law on the Organization and Jurisdiction of State Authorities in the Fight against Organized Crime, Terrorism and Corruption, creating new, specialized anti-corruption units in courts and public prosecutors’ offices in the four appellate regions (Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kraljevo and Niš). The USAID Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is supporting these new units to effectively prosecute and adjudicate corruption cases, providing training to judges and prosecutors, proposing new reporting formats and set of key words which allows users of the Supreme Court Cassation’s case law database to track and search incoming cases related to corruption offences, as well as the design of an electronic register of corruption cases, aimed at facilitating adjudication and reporting of corruption cases.
On September 20, 2019 GAI and Judicial Academy presented the Practicum for Investigation and Adjudication of Corruption Offences. GAI facilitated the publication of the Practicum, which was written by a group of authors consisting of judge, prosecutor, financial forensic experts and criminal investigators. The purpose of the publication, the first of its kind, is to provide guidance and practical instruction for investigation, prosecution and adjudication of financial crimes and corruption. The publication is meant for experts and Judicial Academy in cooperation with GAI will design future initial and in-service training programs around it.
Introductory speeches were given by Ms. Majda Kršikapa, Deputy Director of Judicial Academy, Mr. Darko Luković, Head of the A/C Unit of the Criminal Police Directorate, and Ms. Shanley Pinchotti, Director of USAID/ODEG. The authors of the Practicum presented the structure and content of the publication.
The Practicum was presented to more than 50 representatives of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Appellate Courts, Republic Public Prosecutor’s Office, the specialized anti-corruption units in Higher Courts/Public Prosecutor`s Offices, the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Criminal Police Directorate, independent oversight institutions that nominate liaison officers under the 2018 Law (such as the Anti-corruption Agency, Customs Administration, Tax Administration, Serbian Business Registries Agency, etc.) and the donor community and implementing partners.
GAI will continue to work with the Judicial Academy to promote and update the Practicum, and with the specialized anti-corruption units in the public prosecutors’ offices and courts to enhance the adjudication of corruption cases in Serbia.