Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 6: Regulatory reform in Croatia: an uphill battle to enhance public confidence
Like all post-communist countries, Croatia has undergone substantial transformations since independence. Judicial reform has been one of the most complex and most demanding projects. The Croatian judiciary has suffered from a number of inherited and new problems. Judicial reform has covered a wide range of issues, including: organization of the judiciary, career management, judicial ethics, and judicial training and continuing education. In this 15-year period of judicial reforms, there has been no area of the Croatian judicial system that has not been significantly affected. This chapter provides an overview of the most important judicial reforms in post-Yugoslav Croatia. It reflects upon the impact of the EU on judicial reform in Croatia, both before and after Croatia’s accession to the Union. It elaborates on the achievements of the reformers, and suggests further steps that should be taken in order to improve the overall performance of the Croatian judicial system.
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