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Roundtable on the advanced draft of the Concept Paper on improving the court system in Belarus was held in Minsk

Concept Paper on improving the court system in BelarusYesterday the President-Hotel in Minsk served the venue for a roundtable held within the framework of the joint UNDP/UNICEF/UNHCR project “Facilitating the Improvement of the Court System in Belarus through the Development of the Specialisation of Courts” for discussion of the advanced draft of the Concept Paper on improving the court system in the Republic of Belarus.” The Concept Paper was developed by a team of national experts under the guidance of the project National Executing Agency – the Institute for Re-training and Qualification Upgrading of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Professionals at the Belarusian State University.

The discussed advanced draft of the Concept Paper on improving of the court system in Belarus has been developed from consultations and recommendations of more than 500 participants of the five previous international research and practice seminars on specialized aspects of administration of justice in the Republic of Belarus held in the framework of the Project at the Institute for Re-training and Qualification Upgrading of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Professionals at the Belarusian State University in 2012-2013.

“UNDP is very happy to be part of this project as rule of law and access to justice is vital for the reduction of poverty and marginalization, – said the UNDP Resident Representative in Belarus Sanaka Samarasinha. – We believe that specialization within the judicial system is an important step towards making justice more accessible, available, affordable, expeditious, and in line with international norms and standards, especially for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable. We hope that the report and deliberations from the roundtable will now be discussed and adopted by Belarus as soon as possible.”

The audience was made of the representatives of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, national educational institutions and academia, leaders of the ministries, authorities and organizations of the Republic of Belarus, namely: the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Economy, the National Center of Legislation and Legal Research, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Belarus, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus, the Supreme Economic Court of the Republic of Belarus, the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Belarus and other concerned authorities.

“The currently applied forms of administering justice are becoming obsolete – that is the opinion of Tamara Belova, one of the participants of the roundtable, professor with a BSU department. – Thus the discussion held over the new ideas was extremely productive for deciding on the expected output.”

Background: The UNDP/UNICEF/UNHCR project  "Facilitating the Improvement of the Court System in Belarus through the Specialisation of Courts" promotes access to justice for the Belarusian people, and particularly for socially vulnerable population, by facilitating effective and professional performance of the judiciary system. The project budget is US$ 355,400. The Institute for Retraining and Qualification upgrading of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal professionals at the Belarusian State University is the national implementing agency.

Contact person for further inquiries: Iryna Serabrakova, Project Manager, tel.: +375 17 327-60-83, e-mail: .

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