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Friday, July 28, 2017, 

Criminal Court judges meet Priebe's expert group

Criminal Court judges meet Priebe

Skopje, 17 July 2017 (MIA) - Judges of Skopje-based Criminal Court held talks Monday with the Senior Experts' Group on systemic rule of law issues, led by Reinhard Priebe.

The 2015 report and recommendations of the Expert's Group set the basis for judicial reforms, the meeting attendees said.

The judges notified the need on their more active inclusion in the process of drafting the rules on matters related to financing the judiciary, appointment, career advancement of judges, performance criteria, etc.

They also voiced support of the ongoing processes for strengthening their independence that would restore the public confidence in Macedonia's judicial system, the Court said in a press release.

Only independent judiciary can be a guarantor of the citizens' rights and freedom, the meeting concluded.

The Senior Experts' Group pays a week-long visit to Macedonia.

Priebe is at the helm of the Senior Experts' Group that drew up the Urgent Reform Priorities to be fulfilled by the Republic of Macedonia in the fields of rule of law and fundamental rights, de-politicisation of the public administration, freedom of expression and electoral reform. lk/17:43

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