Further improvement of institutional capacity of all Misdemeanour Courts

Expected results:

  • Existing business processes in misdemeanour courts analyzed and new business processes implemented
  • Business processes concentrated and centralized in line with the best EU practices and implemented on ten selected misdemeanour courts
  • Cooperation with administrative bodies; police, misdemeanour courts and Ministry of Justice in exchanging information within the misdemeanour procedure chain increased
  • Backlog mitigation analysis performed and an Action plan for backlog mitigation defined
  • Misdemeanour case law publication strengthened

Inventory and cost benefit analyses of Misdemeanour Courts\’ premises conducted and an Action plan for all MCs\’ premises in order to reach a status in line with EU standards for court buildings drafted.

The project consists of three components:

  • Business process re-engineering and cooperation in the exchange of information within the misdemeanour justice chain
  • Backlog mitigation and misdemeanour case law publication
  • Analysis and definition of necessary financial funds and time needed to improve the current conditions of misdemeanour courts’ premises.


Experts from Croatia, Germany and Slovenia will implement, under the first component, additional improvements in the court business processes in order to relieve judges of unnecessary tasks and to improve the efficiency of misdemeanour courts. Further components will focus on backlog mitigation, misdemeanour case law publication on the internet and improvement of working conditions in misdemeanour courts.

The project continues previous CARDS projects related to the strengthening of the judiciary and highlights the EU-commitment to facilitate Croatia in meeting EU-standards in this field also after closing Chapter 23 “Judiciary and Fundamental Rights”.

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