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Monitoring of Forensic Departments


The need for monitoring of forensic departments of Serbia’s special psychiatric institutions was a logical follow-up of the Committee’s years-long experience in monitoring of the country’s prison reform, as well as of ongoing reforms in the domains of psychiatry and social care.

Serbia’s legislation dealing with forensic psychiatry is still either inadequate or insufficient. Therefore, in late 2014 the Committee began working on the project aimed at improving the situation of forensic psychiatry and that of persons under sentence of mandatory psychiatric treatment.

The Committee’s team of experts – PhD Dordje Alempijevic, PhD Vladimir Jovic and lawyers Jelena Mirkov-Subic and Ljiljana Palibrk - has paid fact-finding missions to forensic departments of four institutions: the Special Prison Hospital in Belgrade and special psychiatric hospitals in Gornja Toponica nearby Nis, “Dr. Slavoljub Bakalovic” in Vrsac, and “Sveti Vracevi” in Novi Kenezevac. All the tours were conducted with the consent from the ministries of healthcare and justice that expressed their interest in the project and said would like to cooperate with the Committee in this domain.

Thanks to good and constructive relations the Committee has established with the above-mentioned institutions – especially with their managements and employees – the team was able to conduct thorough monitoring. Through inspection of medical and legal files, and interviews conducted with staffs and patients alike the team compiled important information indicative of basic problems and possible avenues for their solution – notably through multi-sectorial cooperation between relevant governmental institutions.

In September the Committee will organize a study tour to the Netherlands for thirteen domestic experts who will have the opportunity of get deeper insights into this country’s legislation and practice in forensic psychiatry. Apart from medical doctors working for forensic departments the team in visit to the Netherlands will include representatives of NPM (Citizens’ Ombudsman Office) and parliamentary committees of healthcare, judiciary and social care.

In cooperation with NPM and parliamentary committees the project team will present the lessons learnt, observations, conclusions and recommendations at a public hearing either in the parliament or some of the committees.

This valuable project is implemented with the assistance of the Royal Netherlands Embassy, Belgrade.









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