Association ESE


   Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women.

Association ESE has organized Training for Court Monitors on 06-07th of February 2018

The Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women – ESE, in October this year started with the implementation of the two-year project "The Paths to Justice for Women Who Have Suffered Domestic Violence", financially supported by the  USAID's Civic Engagement Project.  The main goal of the project implemented by ESE is to improve the access to justice for women who have suffered domestic violence, that is, the advancement of the criminal and civil court procedures for protection against domestic violence.

Within this project, in the period 06-07 February 2018 in Skopje, in cooperation with the Coalition All for Fair Trials, we organized training for court monitors. The training was attended by ten young lawyers who had previously been selected for their inclusion in the process of monitoring court cases related to domestic violence. The training was organized in order to strengthen their knowledge and skills, i.e. to enable them to observe current court hearings and to collect the necessary data. Participants of the training were informed about the nature and characteristics of domestic violence, as well as the legal possibilities for protection. In doing so, the focus was put on the civil proceedings for the imposition of temporary protection measures and criminal court proceedings for committed criminal acts by perpetrators of domestic violence. At the end of the training, observers were introduced with the questionnaires for court monitoring and the manner of filling in the data during the monitoring of court hearings.

As trainers, we have engaged individuals with extensive experience in this field, Katina Pavlovska, a medical psychologist at the Institute for Mental Health Skopje and Legal Aid Center within ESE, Zora Trenevska, a judge in the Appellate Court Skopje and Stojan Mihov, a retired criminal judge. Elena Nakovska from the Coalition Аll for Fair Trial presented the questionnaires that will be the basis for gathering data from court hearings.

After the completion of the training, the monitors will be engaged to conduct court monitoring in the Basic Courts in the following cities in the country: Skopje, Bitola, Stip, Tetovo, Gostivar, Veles, Kumanovo, Prilep and Radovis.



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