On 5 March 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia, UNODC’s Global Firearms Programme (GFP) organized a coordination meeting with judges to initiate work on the case law document and harmonization of court practice in firearms-related cases. The meeting presented an opportunity for GFP to obtain inputs from judges in further development of case law document and to assess the needs of judiciary in adjudicating firearms-related cases, within the framework of UNODC’s Regional Programme for South Eastern Europe and UNODC’s regional project “Criminal Justice Response against Arms Trafficking”. The scope of engagement with the judiciary has been defined, as well as judges and criminal cases from specific territorial competences were identified, in order to highlight the issues related to illicit firearms trafficking. The GFP’s efforts were welcomed and upcoming final version of the case law document was recognized as useful tool for judges’ day-to-day work.
The activities in Serbia are supported under the Western Balkans SALW Control Roadmap Multi-Partner Trust Fund by Germany, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, France and Norway.