Project description

The project concerns strengthening cooperation between NGOs and the judiciary in the Visegrad and Western Balkan countries. INPRIS, leader of the project, refers for instance to its project "Together or apart? Collaboration, interactions, communication of the Judiciary and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)". 

The aim of the project is to gather and share good practices in the area of cooperation between NGOs and judiciary, especially civic monitoring of judiciary, with focus on Western Balkans countries. We observe that NGOs are getting more and more involved in various activities related to the judiciary and many of these activities are forms of monitoring. We find it inspiring and useful to discover how this issue is addressed in other countries.

Possible civic activities include: monitoring of the judiciary by NGOs (of courts’ activities, communication with citizens, judges appointments), trial observations (court watch), strategic litigation, involvement of NGOs in court trials, amicus curiae, trainings and workshops for judges organized by expert NGOs, collaboration of NGOs with judges associations, NGOs as organizations educating citizens in about the judiciary.

The project can be divided into three phases – research, study visit in Poland combined with a seminar of all partners and workshops in Western Balkans.

The project is funded by International Visegrad Fund and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.


Supreme Court Justice explains to citizens why she is retiring

10 May 2018. The judge of the Supreme Court, Dorota Rysińska, took advantage of the possibilities offered by the new law on the Supreme Court and retired. This is another person who chooses this solution, despite being at an age that allows her to hold the office for another two and a half years.

International meeting of judges - we talk about the situation in Poland

23 March 2018. In Prague, at the headquarters of the CEELI Institute (beautiful villa Grebovka), a three-day meeting of judges from many countries takes place. We talk about what is happening in Poland.

Election of judges to the National Council of the Judiciary. Sejm transparently but in secret....

5 march 2018. A statement of INPRIS and HFHR on the appointment of members of the National Council of the Judiciary

A day of sadness and scandal. Polish authorities break the Constitution

15 December 2017. The Senate approved the bill, without amendment, on the Supreme Court and the National Judicial Council

INPRIS at the 1st Congress on Civil Rights

8-9 December 2017. The First Congress on Civil Rights took place in Warsaw, in the museum POLIN, organized by Ombud and ODIHR office