At the invitation of the Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Legislation of the National Assembly, AWC submitted its views expressing regret for the manner in which the Ministry of Justice rejected the proposals of the Autonomous Women's Center on the draft Law o judges and draft Law on Public Prosecutors Office that were submitted during the public debate. Ministry of Justice proposed to the National Assembly legal solutions that are in conflict with The Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence and the National Strategy for Realizing the Rights of Victims and Witnesses of Criminal Crimes in the Republic of Serbia.
If the National Assembly adopts the Law on Judges and the Law on Public Prosecutors Office as proposed, the provisions of these laws will seriously threaten the principle of the rule of law, as they will be in direct conflict with Art. 6 of the Law on Prevention of Domestic Violence, which article will derogate (abolish). The question is whether the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence will continue to be implemented with the same success as it has been for the past five years, if judges and prosecutors will no longer bear disciplinary responsibility for not acting in accordance with the deadlines stipulated by the Law on the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
It also remained unclear why the same proposal of the Autonomous Women's Center to establish Service for assistance and support to victims and witnesses of criminal offenses was partially accepted in the proposal of the Law on the Organization of Courts, but not in the proposal of the Law on Public Prosecutors Office.
The letter to the Committee for Constitutional Affairs and Legislation is available only in Serbian at this link.