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Systematic trial monitoring of criminal court proceedings

The Coalition “All for Fair Trials” started the implementation of the project “Systematic trial monitoring of criminal court proceedings“ with financial support from the Foundation Open Society Macedonia.

Period of implementation: 01.01.2020-31.12.2020

The Coalition will provide a detailed review and diagnosis of the degree of judicial independence, efficiency and impartiality by collecting quantitative and qualitative data on the manner of implementation of the Law on Criminal Procedure Code (LCP) and the standards for fair trial set by the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and its interpretations of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Project goals:

  1. To support the judicial reform aimed at fully meeting the criteria set out in Chapter 23 by assessing the effectiveness of criminal justice in the basic courts and monitoring the practical implementation of procedural safeguards set out in the Law on Criminal Procedure and internationally accepted fair trial standards.
  2. To increase the transparency of the courts at the institutional level by strengthening the right to a public trial in the basic courts, as one of the components of the standards for a fair trial.
  3. To raise awareness of the standards of a fair trial by initiating public debates and advocacy activities to overcome the detected conditions.

Target groups:

  • judges, basic courts, appellate courts, Supreme Court, Judicial Council
  • Public prosecutors, lawyers, defendants, victims
  • Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors, Ministry of Justice, Council for Monitoring Judicial Reforms, Assembly of Republic of North Macedonia
  • University professors, representatives of the international community (EU, OSCE, Council of Europe, UN) media, civil society organizations, other public policy experts, general public (all citizens)

Project activities:

  1. Conducting basic and advanced training for professional observers
  2. Monitoring of 400 main hearings in the basic courts in the Republic of North Macedonia
  3. Work meetings with judges, public prosecutors and lawyers
  4. Creating policy briefs for loopholes in the laws and their practical application
  5. Final conference to promote the analysis
  6. Reconstruction of the website of the Coalition in order to improve access for people with disabilities

Expected results:

  1. Strengthened capacities of the Coalition for conducting judiciary monitoring and strengthened capacities of the judicial bodies in order to get closer to the criteria set out in Chapter 23, by holding meetings with stakeholders.
  2. Determined level of application of the procedural guarantees set by the Law on Criminal Procedure and the European Convention on Human Rights, in order to meet the criteria set out in Chapter 23.
  3. Encouraged public and professional debate on the practical performance of the courts in criminal proceedings in order to protect the laws and the rights of the participants in the criminal proceedings, as well as on the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice reforms.
  4. Prevention of gross violation of the rights of the defendants and avoidance of costs for repetition of the procedure in at least 4 cases, by using the established system for early reporting of detected procedural flaws in the monitored procedures.
  5. At least 10 relevant stakeholders (judges, prosecutors and / or lawyers) are familiar with and accept the findings of the analysis



Ivana Petkovska – Project coordinator

e-mail: ipetkovska@all4fairtrials.org.mk

Tel: +389 2 6139874

Donor : Foundation Open Society Macedonia.