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Diagnostic Assessment Document on the Enforcement Regime of Final Civil Claims in BiH published

Published on: March 30, 2016
USAID's Justice Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina today, March 30, presented in Sarajevo a Diagnostic Assessment Document on the Enforcement Regime of Final Civil Claims in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A team made up of foreign and local experts was involved in the development of the Assessment Document. The experts analyzed the legal framework and the relevant case law pertaining to the enforcement system of final claims, and gave appropriate recommendations for improving the system. It was highlighted that the diagnostic assessment of the enforcement regime of final civil claims in Bosnia and Herzegovina is primarily a working document which should serve the national institutions to determine their future course of action in terms of reforms in the area of enforcement procedure. The need for making this assessment arose primarily from the fact that the number of enforcement cases in the courts is continuously on the rise since the beginning of judicial reforms.

The enforcement procedure is one of the key areas in the justice system in which the representatives of the professional community have constantly been calling for reforms: judges, bailiffs, lawyers, notaries, university professors, as well as representatives of banks, businessmen, local and foreign investors, and other representatives of professional community. Problems in the enforcement procedure are highlighted in the reports of the European Commission on the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the EU integration process.

The presentation of the Diagnostic Assessment Document was attended by representatives of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Ministries of Justice, Judicial Commission of Brčko District of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as representatives of the professional community.

Diagnostic Assessment Document on the Enforcement Regime of Final Civil Claims in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be available on the website of USAID’s Justice Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina (www.usaidjp.ba).

USAID’s Justice Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a five-year project which began its implementation in late 2014. It is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of judicial institutions to ensure the integrity and prevention of corruption both in the judiciary and in the wider community. The project represents a continuation of USAID’s capacity building efforts in the justice sector and it is a part of the wider effects of the US government to improve democracy and the rule of law in Bosnia and Herzegovina.