BIRN Attends High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council’s Workshop

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BIRN Justice Report journalist Aida Alic attends a workshop on “Support for the judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina – strengthening prosecutorial capacities in the criminal judiciary system”, held in Sarajevo.

The High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council, HJPC, organized a half-day workshop for media and NGO representatives in order to apprise them of the new judicial reform project in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the importance of informing the public about the role of prosecutors in criminal investigations.

A three-year project on “Support for the Judiciary in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Strengthening Prosecutorial Capacities in the Criminal Judiciary System” is due to begin in the autumn of 2010. The project aims at improving prosecutors’ methods of work, strengthening collaboration with police during investigations and providing information to the public in a more effective way.

The project is being funded by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, SDC, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and will be implemented by the HJPC with the help of governmental and non-governmental agencies, and the media.

Representatives of media, NGOs, HJCP and SDC, as well as Zurich Cantonal Prosecution attended the workshop.

Workshop participants said it was necessary to enhance information sharing with the public on the work of prosecutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to educate the media, the NGO sector and citizens about the nature of investigations.