Competences of the Council

Competences of the High Judicial Council are governed by Article 13 of the Law on the High Judicial Council ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia" No. 116/2008, 101/2010 and 88/2011). 

The Council: 

  • Elects judges for permanent judicial office; 
  • Decides on the termination of judicial office; 
  • Proposes to the National Assembly candidates for the election of judges for their first appointment to judicial office; 
  • Proposes to the National Assembly the election and dismissal of the President of the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Court Presidents; 
  • Proposes to the Supreme Court of Cassation candidates for judges of the Constitutional Court; 
  • Appoints lay judges; 
  • Decides on the transfer, referral and complaints about the suspension of a judge; 
  • Decides on the incompatibility of other jobs and activities with the judicial function; 
  • Decides in the process of evaluation of judges and Court Presidents; 
  • Determines the composition, duration and termination of the term of office of the members of disciplinary bodies, appoints members of disciplinary bodies, and determines the manner of work and decision-making in the disciplinary authorities; 
  • Decides on the legal remedies in disciplinary proceedings; 
  • Approves the program of continuous training for judges and court staff, and supervises its implementation; 
  • Establishes the program of initial training for judges; 
  • Adopts the Code of Ethics; 
  • Determines the number of judges and lay judges for each court;  
  • Performs the judicial administration tasks within its jurisdiction; 
  • Decides on issues of immunity of judges and members of the Council; 
  • Proposes the scope and structure of the budget resources necessary for the operation of the courts, for current expenses, and controls their spending in accordance with the law; 
  • Decides on the objections in the process of election of members of the Council from among the judges; 
  • Establishes its working bodies and permanent and ad hoc committees and appoints their members; 
  • Provides opinions on amendments to the existing or adoption of the new laws governing the status of judges, the organization and acting of the courts, as well as other systemic laws which the courts apply or that are relevant for the exercise of judicial function; 
  • Decides on the existence of conditions for compensation of damages due to unlawful and improper acting of a judge; 
  • Submits the annual report on its work to the National Assembly; 
  • Performs activities related to the implementation of the National Strategy for Judicial Reform under its jurisdiction; 
  • Informs the public about its work; 
  • Cooperates with judicial councils of other countries and with international organizations; 
  • Passes acts provided by law; 
  • Performs other duties specified by law.