In May 2020, the Kosovo Law Institute (KLI) issued the Report titled “Justice in the Eyes of Citizens”. The Report is the Phase 1 outcome of the EULEX-funded project “Building trust in the judicial system and enhancing realization of human rights through lay trial monitoring”. It was implemented by KLI from October 2019 until March 2020.
Eighteen non-expert (lay) monitors, selected from a diverse range of age, gender, ethnicity, and regions, monitored 360 sessions of criminal trials throughout Kosovo. They evaluated criminal hearings on simple yet important human rights and procedural fairness issues including: equality before the law, transparency and impartiality of the courts, and fair trial rights. KLI analyzed the feedback from the lay monitors and drafted the assessment report.
This project is supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and is implemented by the New Social Initiative. Expressed opinions represent the authors’ views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNMIK or New Social Initiative.