The sixth extended collegium of chief prosecutors of FBiH held in Konjic
Support to strengthening of managerial capacities in POs
Chief prosecutors of the Prosecutorial System of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) have concluded at their working meeting (Extended Collegium) held in Konjic on July 14, 2017 that the majority of prosecutor's offices (POs) in FBiH are on a good path to achieve defined goals for this year. Strategic goals of POs in the FBiH for the period 2017-2019 are reducing the number of old cases and increasing the efficiency as well as the overall quality of work of POs. In addition, POs in FBiH are committed to increase their transparency and therefore, initiate the process of building citizen trust.
Representatives of the USAID’s Justice Activity in BiH (Justice Activity) presented the findings of the review of the official websites of the FBiH Prosecutor's Offices and the results of a comprehensive statistical analysis related to corruption and economic crime cases for the period 2013-2016, which was conducted to determine certain trends in the work of these prosecutors' offices. The first presentation contained statistical data on the number of published news items on the PO websites concerning the work of POs and their results. This analysis has shown that information on the websites of the majority of prosecutor's offices in the FBiH is published irregularly, and that most POs do not use this resource in public communication sufficiently. As a result, the public does not have the opportunity to get information about the work and results of individual POs, nor to continuously monitor their work. In this regard, one of the recommendations was regular updating of websites.
The chief prosecutors agreed that it is necessary to intensify activities when it comes to publishing relevant information for the public about the work, results and activities of the prosecutors’ offices. The Chief Prosecutor of the FBiH Federal Prosecutor's Office, Zdravko Knezevic, concluded that this analysis is very useful and that it is necessary that all prosecutors’ offices in the FBiH improve their communication with the public. Also, Chief Prosecutor Knezevic pointed out that the Federal Prosecutor's Office of FBiH has already taken certain steps with the aim of publishing exclusively relevant information on its website.
Within the presentation of the results of statistical analysis related to cases of corruption and economic crime in the period 2013-2016, it was concluded that the aggregate trends of the Prosecutor's Offices in FBiH, compared to the period four years ago, are clearly more positive. Representatives of the JA pointed out that such encouraging results were achieved with the maximum engagement of prosecutors, in a situation where the human and material resources of the prosecutor's offices did not significantly change in the observed period. Particularly emphasized was the fact that the number of reports on committed crimes of corruption and economic crime has practically doubled over the observed period.
Support in the organization of this collegium of chief prosecutors was provided by the "Project of Strengthening Prosecutorial Capacities in the Criminal Justice System" of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of BiH, and USAID's Justice Activity in BiH.