Life in Kosovo discusses the problems in the judicial system

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This Thursday, Life in Kosovo discusses the problems within the judicial systems of Kosovo’s municipalities, identified by BIRN’s year-long monitoring.

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What are the findings of the one-year monitoring of district and municipal courts in Prishtina, Peja, Mitrovica, Ferizaj, Gjilan, Vushtrri and Skenderaj?

What are the implications of the delays in attending a trial case? How can a prosecutor be stopped from attending two trials at the same time? Are the judges’ offices a good enough substitute for courtrooms?

What difficulties does the absence of a translator in a trial pose? Does the fact that court staff do not use electronic devices, and let their phones ring in trials indicate a lack of seriousness and inefficiency in an official duty?

To discuss these finding and the recommendations of BIRN’s report on judicial system in Kosovo, the debating panel consists of representatives of judges, prosecutors, officials from the Ministry of Justice and the Kosovo Judicial Council, as well as the monitors who for a year monitored courts in Kosovo, beginning in March 2008.

They are:

Rexhep Haxhimusa, head of the Supreme Court of Kosovo;
Vahid Limani, head of the Administration and Personnel Department at KJC Secretariat;
Ismet Kabashi, head of the Kosovo Prosecutors’ Association;
Hamdi Ibrahimi, Pristina District Court judge;
Nekibe Kelmendi, Minister of Justice;
Kujtim Kerveshi, legal expert from Kosovo Judicial Institute;
Fatmire Terdevci, project manager;
Isa Gacaferi, court monitor in Peja/Pec region;
Valdrin Beka, court monitor in Ferizaj/Urosevac region,
Fatmire Haliti, court monitor in Gjilan/Gnjilane region,
Faton Ademi court monitor in regions of Vushtrri and Skenderaj,
Betim Musliu, journalist covering justice,
Musa Dragusha, head of the Kosovo Chamber of lawyers.
Çlirim Hajdeni, head of the Planning and Development Unit, Investigations Pillar of Kosovo Police.

Meanwhile in the Culture in Kosovo report, Arif Muharremi speaks about the book fair which opened in Prishtina on June 3, 2009.

Life in Kosovo is a co-production between Kosovo Public Television, RTK and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN. It is broadcast every Thursday, starting at 20:20.