Serbian courts and the High Court Council, in their previous forms, never negotiated their own budgets and financial requirements directly with the Ministry of Finance. Instead, their negotiations were conducted by the Ministry of Justice, leading to financial dependence on the executive branch.
The Serbian judicial reforms of 2010 and 2013 have had a dramatic effect on the work of the courts, and have brought with them a vital need for the role of a court administrator to help manage these transitions.
Six Serbian courts have cut their case backlogs in half by adopting procedures recommended by USAID. The courts reduced their combined backlog of more than 23,000 cases in 2010 to fewer than 12,000 cases in late 2012, the most recent figures available.
To support his nine-member family, Rahim Serif works 11 hours a day, digging through Bujanovac’s rubbish in search of recyclable materials.
Some days he scours landfills; other days he visits industrial complexes. Although the locations differ, Serif is constantly exposed to poisonous chemicals and bacteria that cause disease.
Serbian shoe and textile manufacturers are negotiating nearly $2.2 million worth of orders following their debuts at German and Russian trade shows, appearances made possible through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) assistance.
Last updated: March 13, 2014