Quality of indictments and verdicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a feature of efficient processing of corruption-related cases

Demand for efficiency of the judiciary often comes down to claiming a higher number of verdicts as quickly as possible. However, such a simplified approach disregards quality of effected criminal law protection, as well as the importance and complexity of completed cases. Thus, quality of indictments and verdicts is an inevitable feature of the efficiency of judicial and prosecutorial institutions, which needs to be given particular weight in the coming period. 

Themes: Judiciary and Access to Justice
Ljiljana Filipović


In the new discussion paper of Analitika, judge Ljiljana Filipović discusses the issue of quality of indictments and verdicts as a feature of efficiency of the judiciary. In doing so, judge Filipović offers an overview of international standards related to the quality of indictments and verdicts and focuses on the question of whether the domestic criminal justice legislation provides the required level of quality of indictments and verdicts. Furthermore, the author analyses quality of 50 randomly selected indictments and verdicts for corruption-related crimes from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, that have become final in 2015. In a convincing and reasoned analysis, judge Filipović concludes that the quality of analysed documents is not on a satisfactory level. In that regard, this paper also contains a set of recommendations focused on enhancing the quality of indictments and verdicts, as well as clarity and accuracy of legal provisions related to their content. 

The publication in local languages is available HERE.

This publication is published within the project „Integrity through Justice: independent civil society monitoring and assessment of judicial response to corruption“, which is implemented by Center for Social Research Analitika in partnership with Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Center for Social Research Analitika and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.