Lawyers criticise amendments to Serbian constitution

Lawyers criticise amendments to Serbian constitution

Lawyers criticise amendments to Serbian constitution Izvor: Tanjug/Rade Prelić

Serbian judiciary associations have criticised the proposed amendments to the Serbian constitution which the Justice Ministry published on Tuesday, saying that the changes were only cosmetic and and not in line with most of the recommendations made by the Venice Commission.

Association of Judges President Dragana Boljevic said the draft amendments have made no fundamental changes. “We made some suggestions when the first draft appeared in April and called for the forming of a working group which would include constitutional law experts,” she said adding that she is not surprised that no fundamental changes were made.

According to Boljevic, one of the main problems is the fact that the relationship between the three branches of government has not been defined. Another problem that she listed is the increased political influence on the country’s top judiciary body, the High Judiciary Council.

Boljevic said her organization would call the government to organize a debate on the constitutional amendments with parliament forming a working group for experts to voice their objections.

Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights (YUCOM) Director Milan Antonijevic said the Justice Ministry was guided by a minimum of standards while drafting the amendments.

“YUCOM is concerned over the fact that the Justice Ministry did not fully respect the solutions recommended by the Venice Commission in regard to the composition of the VSS which would not give representatives of the executive authorities, who can be named to the VSS, a vote on that body which is supposed to guarantee the independence of the judiciary,” he said.

Antonijevic said that the draft amendments are also not in line with the recommendations about the accountability of the Supreme Public Prosecutor and added that the composition of the High Prosecutors’ Council does not guarantee protection from political influence on prosecutors.

Comments (0)

Comment sent successfully.

Comment sending failed.

Invalid CAPTCHA

* All fields are required

MOST POPULAR

READ MORE

NEWS

NEWS

Thaci: Land swap with Serbia best opportunity for progress towards EU and NATO 20.01.2019.

20.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Bajatovic: Gas pipeline through Serbia operational by January 1, 2020 20.01.2019.

20.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Protest organisers urge the opposition: We want a clear plan 20.01.2019.

20.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Stefanovic: Many factors will affect the decision on an early election 20.01.2019.

20.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Dacic: UN Security Council to discuss Kosovo on February 7 20.01.2019.

20.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Actor tells anti-government protesters "only aim" is to dethrone President Vucic 19.01.2019.

19.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Kosovo President: Kosovo should abolish tariffs and stop with populist decisions 19.01.2019.

19.01.2019.  |  NEWS

NEWS

NEWS

Protest organiser in Serbia: All opposition does is talk of Vucic 19.01.2019.

19.01.2019.  |  NEWS

loader