Today, the Minister
of Justice, Bilen Saljii, participated in the International Court Workshop
titled "Strengthening judicial independence and transparency through the
review of judicial accountability" organized by the Association of Judges
of the Republic of Macedonia in cooperation with the Embassy of the United
States of America in
Republic of Macedonia and CEELI Institute from Prague, Czech Republic. At the
workshop held in Ohrid, Minister Saljii as a lecturer spoke at the thematic
session titled "Providing fair and transparent mechanisms for the
responsibility of judges as a presumption of independence in free judicial
decision-making". Within the session, besides minister Saljii,
presentations were made by judges from Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, as well
as a legal adviser from the US Embassy in Macedonia and a representative from
the Supreme Court in Massachusetts.
In his speech, Minister Saljii addressed not the activities undertaken by the
Ministry of Justice in the direction of establishing an independent, efficient
and independent judicial system in Macedonia, resisting political pressure or
any political involvement in the judiciary.
"As a ministry of justice, we want to create conditions, of course, as
much as our position as a part of the executive power allows us, the judges
really feel their independence from politics. This requires political will, but
also the creation of normative conditions "- said Minister Saljii.
The focus of the lecture was put on the Judicial Sector Reform Strategy as a
document that defines the strategic directions and activities on which the
justice system in Macedonia should be based.
"The goals we have established within this strategic document are clear:
independence of the judiciary, responsibility for work, quality, efficiency and
transparency", emphasized Minister Saljii. Furthermore, the lecture
elaborated in detail the stated objectives, including the mechanisms through
which they should be implemented.
Minister Salji said in his lecture, among other things, on the novelties for
which the expert, domestic and international public are unanimous, which should
lead to creation of conditions for greater independence and impartiality of
judges in their free judicial decision-making:
· Termination of the existence of the fact-finding council.
· Transparent disciplinary procedure for the responsibility of judges within
the Judicial Council and an opportunity against the decisions of the Judicial
Council for disciplinary responsibility of a judge to appeal to a special
council at the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia.
· De-professionalization of judges as members of the Judicial Council of the
Republic of Macedonia.
· Control by the Ministry of Justice, as well as auditing by independent
auditors on the correct and consistent automatic distribution of court cases
without the possibility of external or internal impacts.
At the end of his speech, Minister Salji said that the Ministry of Justice
remains open for cooperation with the Association of Judges and in the future,
while maintaining the level of equal partners with the same goal: increasing
the independence and efficiency of the judicial system and raising the
citizens' confidence in institutions of the judiciary.
"I expect the Association of Judges to be a strong and significant
corrective to our work, but also to the work of all judicial authorities and
authorities in the country," Minister Salji said at the end of his speech.