Conference: Assessment of access to justice for minorities in Kosovo
On April 20th 2010 HLC Kosovo held a conference on its assessment of minorities’ access to justice in Kosovo, at which HLC Kosovo presented its report on access to justice. The conference was attended by 60 participants, mainly representatives of the district courts, municipal courts, municipal courts for violations, court liaison offices, representatives of EULEX, a ECLO, ICO’s, Ombudsperson, representatives of local and foreign NGOs. The conference was attended by several members of minority communities living in Kosovo.
n the introductory part of the conference, Drita Bala, coordinator of the HLC Kosovo project, presented the basic findings of HLC Kosovo’s report assessing minorities’ access to justice for Kosovo. The report is based on a survey carried out by the HLC Kosovo in most courts in Kosovo between March 2009 and February 2010, as well as interviews with members of minority communities who exercised their rights before the courts in Kosovo. The aim of this study was to assess the extent to which members of minority communities have access to the courts in Kosovo, whether they are satisfied with the conduct of the courts in their cases, whether they are familiar with the right to free legal aid in cases in which they appear as a party and the structure of completed cases in relation to the nationality of the parties. In addition, HLC Kosovo investigated whether the courts apply the Law on the Use of Language and respect for the regulatory framework in the judicial system in Kosovo (UNMIK 2006/25 REG), which prescribes the representation of members of minority ethnic communities in judicial institutions in Kosovo.