Seminar for members of the judiciary in BiH

Preventing Conflict of Interest in the Judiciary

Published on: April 18, 2018

It is necessary to consider the adoption of the Law on Preventing Conflict of Interest in the Judiciary, in order to ensure the consistent application of the rules on conflict of interest. This is one of the conclusions of the seminar organized for representatives of the judicial community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), held on 18 and 19 April 2018 in Sarajevo.

"Judges and prosecutors are public officials and they have the highest degree of responsibility to the citizens of BiH. Therefore, any suspicion that their personal and financial interests may affect the decision-making process needs to be removed. The public interest should always be in the first place." said California Disciplinary Prosecutor Victoria Henley, a lecturer at the seminar.

She added that it is necessary to constantly work on strengthening the culture that does not tolerate conflict of interest.

This is the first training of this type on ethical standards in the judiciary, focusing on the Guidelines for the Prevention of Conflict of Interest in judiciary which the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) adopted in July 2016.

The conclusions from this seminar will be incorporated in the HJPC’s Handbook on the Application of Code of Ethics for Judges and Prosecutors currently in the making.

The seminar was organized by USAID's Justice Project in BiH and centers for education of judges and prosecutors of the Federation of BiH and Republika Srpska.