Association of Court Reporters (AIS)

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The Association of Court Reporters (AIS) was established in 2005 with the aim of improving communication between the media and the Court of Bosnia and Hezegovina. The Association is an informal group of court reporters who work for print and electronic media in Bosnia.

It is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina through BIRN’s programme “Media, Civil
Society and War Crimes Trials”.

AIS acts as an informal advocacy body for court reporters. Since its establishment, the Association has achieved notable progress. It effectively communicates with the public relations offices of the Court of BiH and Prosecution of BiH, as well as with numerous media outlets in the country and non-governmental organisations.

In 2006, AIS members were involved in amending Bosnia’s Press Code of Ethics and took part in the drafting of a body of recommendations for court reporting. These guidelines were promoted at a series of conferences related to media responsibility held in Mostar, Sarajevo, Banja Luka and Bijeljina in 2007.

AIS has organised numerous meetings and round tables with judiciary and media representatives since 2008. One such event, titled ,Transparency of Cantonal and District Courts and Prosecutions and Media Responsibility” was held in communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina including Doboj, Trebinje, Brčko District, Banja Luka, Mostar, Travnik/Novi Travnik, Brčko, and Bihać.

The goal of these meetings is to open the lines of communication between judiciary institutions and media representatives and to train them on the importance of war crime reporting.

The Association of Court Reporters has partnered with BIRN BiH on a number of projects, including the Transparency of Judiciary and Responsibility of Media project.