Training in the HJPC BiH
Verification of Asset Declarations of judges and prosecutors
How to check, in the best possible way, the asset declarations that judges and prosecutors submit to the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (HJPC) of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was the topic of the training held on December 13 and 14, 2018 in Sarajevo. Members of the HJPC BiH, representatives of the Department of Legal Affairs, the Department of ICT, the Department for Judicial Budgets and donor funds, and the representatives of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel participated in the training.
The participants in this training had the opportunity to discuss how the credibility of asset declarations is assessed, how the revenues and expenses of judges / prosecutors and their family members are calculated, what signs indicate possible secret revenues or potential conflicts of interest among the holders of judicial functions. Training was particularly significant because participants were given the opportunity to practice new knowledge through group work on a case study.
"Inspection of asset declarations of judges and prosecutors is a demanding task, but necessary if we want to prevent corruption and strengthen public confidence in the work of the judiciary," said the member of the HJPC BiH and the chief prosecutor of the District Public Prosecutor's Office in Doboj, Željka Radović.
Council member Radović pointed out that this training comes at the right time, right after the adoption of the Rule Book on Asset Declarations and a new Form for Asset Declaration.
Namely, at its session in September this year, the HJPC BiH adopted the Rulebook detailing the rules and procedures for submitting asset declarations for judges and prosecutors with the HJPC BiH, as well as the manner of their verification, processing, keeping and access to the declarations. This Book of Rules will come into force from 1 January 2019.
Training on the verification of asset declarations for the holders of judicial functions was organized by USAID's Justice Project in BiH, and the lecturer was Tilman Hoppe, an international expert for asset declarations.