HJPC Conference in Mostar

Independent and resposnible judiciary as a key to EU Integrations

Published on: December 10, 2018

What is the state of the judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) today and how to improve it, for the benefit of all citizens? This was the focus of the conference held on December 5 and 6, 2018 in Mostar. The conference was attended by the heads of judicial institutions in BiH, representatives of the executive branch, professional associations and the international community in BiH.

"The last year call be called the EU phase of the judiciary of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where we are trying to harmonize our country's standards of justice with the standards of the European Union (EU)," said President of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) Milan Tegeltija.

President Tegeltija also added that in this process of judicial reform, the HJPC BiH has great support from the Office of the European Union Special Representative (EUSR) in BiH and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in BiH.

The conference also discussed the performance evaluation of judges and prosecutors, the efficiency and quality of the work of courts and prosecutors' offices, organized crime and corruption, as well as the independence, integrity and accountability of judicial institutions. It was pointed out that the ultimate goal should be the establishment of an independent, efficient and accountable judiciary that will be able to confront economic and organized crime and corruption, as that is key to restoring public confidence in the judiciary and EU integrations of BiH.

At the conference, prosecutors and judges in attendance supported the HJPC's Initiative from July 2018 to amend the HJPC Law and with that in mind they particularly emphasied the importance of preserving the independence of the judiciary. Also, on this occasion, the conference participants once again emphasized their commitment to continue with the consistent implementation of the Guidelines on Preventing Conflict of Interest in the Judiciary and Integrity Plans, the implementation of which will be followed by the HJPC BiH.

Also, it was concluded that it is necessary to require adequate financing for the work of judicial institutions, since the efficient work of these institutions depends on this. It was suggested that the HJPC reconsider the existing systematization in the prosecutor's offices and courts, especially when it comes to the holders of judicial functions who work on corruption and organized crime cases.

As has been the case in the last few years, the conference was organized by the HJPC BiH, with the support of USAID and the EUSR.

The conclusions from the conference can be found here.