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Evaluation of the fair trial standards and access to justice in domestic violence and hate crime cases

Period of implementation: January 2020 – December 2020

The coalition ,,All for Fair Trials’’ started the implementation of the project” Evaluation of the fair trial standards and access to justice in domestic violence and hate crime cases” from January 2020 to December 2020, supported by the Kingdom of Sweden through the
Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, awarded through the Nordic Support for progress of North Macedonia, a project implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

The main focus of this project is to continue the process of monitoring and evaluation of court proceedings and access to basic human rights, in order to improve the reform process of the criminal justice system according to the criteria for EU accession, set out in Chapter 23. More specifically, our focus will be on court proceedings and access to justice in cases of domestic violence and hate crime, as well as increasing publicity and transparency of court proceedings. To achieve this, the Coalition will monitor a total of 300 main hearings in domestic violence and hate crime cases conducted on the territory of the four Appellate Areas (Skopje, Stip, Bitola and Gostivar), but with different methodology than the one for regular criminal cases, which will allow monitoring the work of the courts, but also evaluation of their work when it comes to such sensitive cases in which there is a high risk of violation of the right to a fair trial. Under this project, the Coalition will also provide free legal advice and legal assistance in cases related to domestic violence and hate crime. In addition, in order to increase the publicity and transparency of the court, at least 500 criminal verdicts from the Basic Criminal Court in Skopje will be anonymized by 5 anonymizers for the purpose of making them public. That way we will have a complete picture of how the judicial system provides protection for the victims of this type of crime and how much the human rights are really respected. At the end of this project, the Coalition will publish a final analysis with data on the implementation of fair trial standards, as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of the courts in cases of domestic violence and hate crime. The analysis will be prepared by a legal analyst and researcher, hired by the Coalition for the needs of this project.

Overall goal:

Support criminal justice reform to meet EU accession criteria set out in Chapter 23.

Specific goals:

  1. Improving court proceedings and access to justice in cases of domestic violence and hate crimes;
  2. Improving legal publicity and transparency;

Main activities:

Monitoring of court proceedings;

Ensuring access to justice in cases of domestic violence and hate crimes by providing free legal aid;

Anonymization of court decisions;

Promotion and advocacy activities; Victims of domestic violence; Family violence; Hate crime; Free legal aid

Expected results: 

  1. One final analysis dedicated to the implementation of the fair trial standards, court effectiveness and efficiency in the cases of domestic violence and hate crimes; ENG
  2. One public event – a conference to promote the Analysis
  3. An easily accessible office for free legal aid and legal advice related to domestic violence and hate crime cases for at least 15 people;
  4. Anonymizing and publishing at least 500 criminal court decisions of the Basic Criminal Court Skopje
  5. Public event to promote the increasing number of publicly announced and available court decisions

Target groups:

Judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, the basic courts, at least 15 people involved in criminal cases related to domestic violence and hate crime (victims, defendants, witnesses, etc.)

 

Contact:

Lejla Tutic – Project coordinator

Е-mail: ltutic@all4fairtrails.org.mk

Tel. +389 2 6139874

Donor: Kingdom of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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