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In 2011, when Judicial Reform and Government Accountability project (JRGA) started, misdemeanor courts have been an integral part of the Serbian judiciary for a little bit over a year, having evolved into fully-fledged courts from organs of the local self-government. They were plagued by substandard working conditions in often inadequate facilities with insufficient and outdated computer equipment and heavily paper-based business processes that led to delays and redundancies in case processing. Fast forward four and a half years later, Serbian misdemeanor courts, judges and staff have come a long way becoming what the Serbian Minister of Justice, Nikola Selakovic, ...
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Our NCSC Justice Reform and Government Accountability (JRGA) project funded by USAID in Serbia reported great success using SMS text reminders with the Misdemeanor Courts. The results of Model Voluntary Enforcement Projects conducted in four USAID JRGA partner courts showed that providing payment reminder notices to defendants is an effective and inexpensive means of improving voluntary compliance with financial sanctions, and avoiding more costly enforcement procedures. The project utilized both regular mail notices and SMS notices to defendants with outstanding, enforceable fees and fines. Approximately 225,000 € in collections were made in ...
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It's obvious to us here at NCSC that the community of dedicated court professionals constantly seeks training and education opportunities for themselves, and for ways to bring training and best practices to colleagues in their own courts. In recent weeks, courts have asked us how to prepare sessions for judges on both implicit bias and the "sovereign citizen" movement; sought speakers on the topic of hung juries; and asked advice on the best way to establish a night court program. We'd like this open-forum blog to serve as a clearinghouse for all of your training-related questions, problems and success stories. Have you taken part in recent training ...
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