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17. 10. 19

Pursuing the last week’s statements made by members of the executive, the Judges’ Association of Serbia addressed on 18 October 2017 letters to the Minister of Justice and the High Judicial Council respectively, thus demanding adequate reactions from each of them.

The Judges’ Association of Serbia informs both the Minister of Justice and members of the High Judicial Council that it faced a worrying and unacceptable demeanour of the members of the Ministry of Justice towards judges, during their participation at consultations on amendments of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia regarding judiciary, implemented by the Ministry of Justice alongside civil and professional judicial associations in Niš on 13 October 2017.

Read More: Unacceptable conjointment of the executive with the judiciary
17. 10. 11

On 11 October 2017, professional associations of judges and public prosecutors organised a media conference during which they informed the public that the consultations carried out by the Ministry of Justice as a part of preparation for the upcoming constitutional changes do not represent a genuine public debate, that the citizens are excluded from these consultations, and also that the Ministry of Justice had not presented its own baselines for a discussion. The associations have especially warned that, throughout this process, the Ministry of Justice has diverted attention from the real reason for which the state has committed to change the Constitution, and that is depolitization of the judiciary, removal of political influences directed towards judges and public prosecutors as well as strengthening independence of the judiciary and autonomy of public prosecutors.

Read More: Professional associations of judges and public prosecutors presented joint Baselines for the...
17. 10. 09

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has announced in its plenary meeting held today in Strasbourg, France, that the winner of the 2017 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is Murat Arslan, a Turkish Judge, president of YARSAV, an independent Turkish Judges Association, imprisoned since 19th of October 2016.

Read More: Murat Arslan, imprisoned Turkish judge, wins Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2017
17. 10. 02

On the occasion of the recent unlawful reactions made by politicians and the media regarding certain decisions of the courts, the Judges Association of Serbia has addressed High Judicial Council to, in accordance with its constitutional duty, duly react on instances of endangering judges’ independence.

This address, inter alia, emphasized that the recent decisions of the Court of Appeal in Belgrade, which partly confirmed and partly revoked criminal verdicts of the High Court in Belgrade instructing it to conduct a procedure with no procedural deficiencies and according to the law, have initiated an avalanche of slurs, insults and threats to judges made by certain politicians and the media, thus even announcing arrests of judges, as well as taking certain measures in the upcoming reform of the judiciary against these, allegedly unacceptable, actions of courts.

Read More: Judges’ Association of Serbia on reactions of politicians and the media
17. 07. 19

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ), European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges and Magistrats Européens pour la Democratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) have jointly issued the following documents on the situation in Turkey:

Situation in Turkish judiciary - Platform Report