Pristina, January 17th, 2020 – Since 2016 (when courts started publishing judgments) courts published the highest number of judgments per month during December 2019 with a total of 2,526 judgments. This is a significant increase and shows that the monitoring of courts by BIRN and FOL supported by the USAID Justice System Strengthening Program is having a positive impact.
Clarification: The publication of judgments during the period of December 1 to December 31, 2019 was monitored for all Kosovo’s courts focusing on criminal, civil, commercial, and administrative departments. Additionally, this monitoring covered the publication of judgments according to judges from all courts (including their branches) for the abovementioned departments. The President of the Supreme Court; President of the Court of Appeals; Presidents of the Basic Courts; and the Judges from the Division for Minor Offences are not included in this monitoring.
During the monitoring of judgments published in the Kosovo Judicial Council’s website, for the above-mentioned period, it has been noted that there is a total of 2,550 judgments published, or 24 more than BIRN and FOL have in their database. This difference in is due to publication of decisions.
Additionally, during the month of December, it has been noticed that courts have published judgments made by judges who have been promoted to more senior positions, have been transferred to Minor Offence Division, or have retired. These shortcomings were noted during a detailed verification by BIRN and FOL.
*Disclaimer: This monitoring was made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The content of this article is the sole responsibility of FOL Movement and BIRN Kosova and does not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development or the United States Government.