Judicial Reform: Upgrading CSO’s capacities to contribute to the integrity of judiciary

About the project

In order to move forward on its path to the European Union, Montenegro needs to make further progress in the rule of law reforms, including progress in the implementation of judicial reform.

This project aimed to contribute to achieving a higher level of rule of law enforcement in Montenegro, by increasing the level of professionalism, accountability, efficiency and integrity of the judiciary; improving monitoring and advocacy capacities of local CSOs; and strengthening cooperation between civil society and judicial institutions, in line with the EU accession criteria under Chapters 23 and 24.

During its implementation period, it helped improve legal framework in judicial system of Montenegro: Medium-term Plan for Court Network Rationalization adopted; forms of statistical reports in accordance with the CEPEJ guidelines established; 2019-2020 Action Plan accompanying the 2019-2020 Judicial Reform Strategy adopted and implemented; new web platform for Courts, State Prosecutor’s Office and Ministry of Justice set up; and policy papers with recommendations towards relevant policy changes of the judicial system prepared. The project also contributed to establishing effective mechanisms of cooperation between CSOs and judicial institutions.

Additionally, it helped capacity strengthening of CSOs through sub-granting schemes in the judicial system, court watch methodologies, advocacy, trial monitoring, anti-corruption, access to justice and similar topics. Under this project was financed 6 contracts/sub-grants:


All = In Access 2 Justice – All equal in access to justice

Presumption of Innocence or Presumption of Guilt?

Free Media through Monitoring

Citizens in judicial reform

More Transparent Montenegrin Courts

Analysis of Choice of Judges and Prosecutors in Montenegro


Project name:
Judicial Reform: Upgrading CSO’s capacities to contribute to the integrity of judiciary
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Montenegro – Basic Courts: Ulcinj, Herceg Novi, Kotor, Bar, Plav, Rozaje, Cetinje, Bijelo Polje, Kolasin, Berane, Niksic, Zabljak, Pljevlja, Podgorica, Danilovgrad; High Courts: Podgorica, Bijelo Polje.
Centre for monitoring and research (CeMI)
Partners: NGO Center for Democracy and Human Rights – CEDEM; NGO Network for Affirmation of European Integration Process – MAEIP; Associates: Ministry of Justice, Supreme Court of Montenegro

Success story

Judicial Reform: Upgrading CSO’s capacities to contribute to the integrity of judiciary

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Implemented by the NGO Monitor Center for Media and Democracy, with an aim to help reducing the level of peer violence against Roma youth. In order to raise awareness of peer violence against members of the Roma community, this sub-grant included production of several research articles. In the research process were also involved journalists from the Roma portal “Romalitika”.