Bosnian Court President – happy with judicial reform

14 September 2011 by Nidzara Ahmetasevic

Judge Meddzida Kreso, President of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, says she is happy with the progress of judicial reform in the independent state, which is under international administration. Kreso was appointed by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council as court president in 2004.

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established in 2002 by the Office of the High Representative (OHR), which has the power to impose laws and sack politicians in the country since the end of the war in 1995. Primarily the Court was established in order to deal with the war crimes, but also with organised crime and corruption.

Judge Kreso said she feels her duty as a professional is to engage in the process of establishment of the rule of law after the war. Being president of the court is just a part of these efforts.

What is the hardest part of your job?
Besides being president, I also work as a judge on different cases. I am the head of the institution with 217 employees, including 55 judges – local and international.

I represent the Court but at the same time, cooperate with donors who support us. Indeed, every aspect of my work is important in its own way and any superficial approach could have a devastating impact. It is a hard job, but it is the job of any president of any state court.

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