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Implementation of judiciary agreement begins in Kosovo

Beograd - Pristina; Photo: EPA / Valdrin Xhemaj

NORTH MITROVICA – Practical implementation of a 2015 Brussels agreement on the Kosovo judiciary began in North and South Kosovska Mitrovica Monday as Serb judges and administrative staff arrived to their posts.

Their ethnic Albanian colleagues took over posts in the North Mitrovica Basic Court.

The North Mitrovica Basic Court and the Court of Appeals will be chaired by Serbs elected to the positions last week.

The Prosecutor’s Office will be chaired by an ethnic Albanian.

There are nine Serb and eight ethnic Albanian judges – they will have jurisdiction over general crimes and serious felonies, while the appeals department will be comprised of five Serbs and two ethnic Albanians.

There will be 14 Serb and 11 ethnic Albanian judges in South Mitrovica.

There will be four Serb judges in Pristina, as well as several more in other basic courts south of Mitrovica.

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