Serbia, March 2012: Enhancing Court Facilities
Ribbon-cutting in the new Valjevo Misdemeanor Court. From left are shown Mission Director Susan K. Fritz, and Minister of Justice Snezana Malovic.

On March 6, USAID Mission Director, Susan K. Fritz, and Minister of Justice of Serbia, Snezana Malovic, participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony inaugurating the newly renovated Misdemeanor Court and Public Prosecutors Office of Valjevo. The renovation was carried out with the support of the Ministry of Justice and USAID’s Judicial Reform & Government Accountability Project.The support of the project enabled the creation of a ‘one stop shop’ intake and information office in the Valjevo Misdemeanor Court that will provide a space in which all administrative tasks can be performed.

The renovation will improve the transparency of court operations and enhance communication with court users. The project will continue to work with court partners to upgrade facilities and improve the efficiency and transparency of services. Mission Director Fritz remarked, “One of the main goals of USAID is to support the rule of law and development of democratic institutions in Serbia on its path towards the Euro-Atlantic integration. This project is a prime example of the cooperation between USAID and the Ministry of Justice.” USAID’s Judicial Reform & Government Accountability Project is a 5-year initiative implemented by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).