Serbia Opening of Upgraded Courts in Pirot
     

On April 1, USAID’s Judicial Reform and Government Accountability (JRGA) Project, and the Norwegian Embassy to Serbia, officially inaugurated the renovated Misdemeanor Court, Higher Court and Basic Court in Pirot, Serbia.

The upgraded facility includes new furniture, a new courtroom, a ‘one-stop-shop’ counter in the pre-existing registry room, and a Local Area Network (LAN) to enable computer connectivity within the court and court-wide internet access. The facility now includes a separate room for archiving court documents, and a new room to accommodate judicial assistants. 

The audience in attendance was addressed by the Minister of Justice, Nikola Selaković, the President of the High Court Council and the Supreme Court of Cassation, Dragomir Milojević, US Ambassador to Serbia, Michael D. Kirby, Norwegian Ambassador to Serbia, Nils Ragnar Kamsvag, and the President of the High Court in Pirot, Sveta Mančić. Following the opening remarks, participants toured the renovated spaces of all three courts, which are located within one building in downtown Pirot. Video coverage of the opening ceremony can be viewed here.

The JRGA Project supports civil society and justice sector professionals to advance reforms, build capacity, and model innovation in court processes, among other modernization efforts that seek to strengthen the Rule of Law and ensure government transparency.

For more information on the JRGA Project, please visit www.jrga.org