Judicial reforms necessary despite budget cut, says minister

Justice Minister Ante Sprlje said on Tuesday that everyone in the judicial authority was agreed about the reforms necessary in the judiciary despite a reduction of the budget for this sector.

"We are aware of the problems in the judicial system and when and which measures need to be launched," he told reporters after the first meeting of the Judicial Strategy Council.

The Council is headed by Sprlje and includes Deputy Prime Minister Bozo Petrov, Supreme Court President Branko Hrvatin, Chief State Prosecutor Dinko Cvitan, and the chair of the parliamentary judiciary committee, Arsen Bauk.

Sprlje said they did not adopt any conclusions today but that they agreed "that it's necessary to amend a majority of fundamental laws" in order to align regulations to the actual needs of the judiciary, including the Courts Act, the State Judicial Council Act, the Bankruptcy Act, and the litigation and criminal procedure acts.

He said the state remained the most represented party in court proceedings, and that a new law on free legal aid was being drawn up.

Sprlje also said his Bridge party did not scrap plans to amend the Constitution so that the statute of limitations did not apply to privatisation crimes.

Last update: Tue, 08/03/2016 - 20:32


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