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UNDP Resident Representative, William Infante present findings from crowdsourcing (in Serbian)

“We are all equal in a lack of access to justice.”

“Justice remains inaccessible within a reasonable time.”

“The only cure for the Serbian judiciary is to limit the amount of time that any proceeding can last.”

“Improving individual capacity comes from a love for the job. Improving overall capacity comes from short, direct and precise laws, without any gaps and aiming to a speedy and lawful resolution of the problem/situation.”

These are just a few of the issues that ordinary citizens in Serbia raised, after being asked for their opinions and experiences on judicial reform and access to justice in Serbia.

The survey was hosted on the B92 news agency website. The input from citizens will help decision-makers address burning issues, and include them in the National Judicial Reform Strategy, currently open for public consultation.

In this way, public opinion is being solicited while the judicial reform process is ongoing, so that it can be fed into discussions and influence the development of future policy – assisting the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration to achieve its goals and objectives of advancing justice in Serbia.

The results of the survey were encouraging: We received a total of 1,656 responses.

In addition, almost 1,900 people reviewed the survey, and filled out the demographic data questions (identifying if they are a person from a minority group, living with a disability, or a member of women’s groups).

The banner – an ad linking to the survey – was featured approximately 4,000,000 times – helping to raise awareness about the issue of judicial reform in Serbia.

Findings from the survey are being used to feed into a series of focus groups scheduled for  this month (May 2013), to be held with judges, prosecutors, lawyers and representatives from women’s groups, minorities and people with disabilities.

This initiative follows on the heels of another crowdsourcing initiative in Serbia – also led by UNDP and hosted on B92, where citizens rated their human rights.

We’ll keep you posted! Watch this blog for updates.