Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) President Ekaterina Trendafilova and Registrar Dr. Fidelma Donlon addressed civil society and journalists today, answering questions, listening to people’s concerns and explaining the mandate and the activities of the judicial institution which they represent. Outreach has been a priority of the KSC since its work began, and following the start of proceedings, the President and the Registrar are looking forward to intensifying their engagement in Outreach.
“As public servants, whose work will affect and be of interest to people in Kosovo and elsewhere, we are committed to communicating the court’s mandate and work in as transparent a manner as possible to the public,” Judge Trendafilova said.
In response to questions about the independence and commitment of the court, President Trendafilova highlighted the solemn declaration which she and all of the judges have undertaken to exercise their functions independently and impartially. “The independence of judges is a fundamental principle of the judicial profession,” she said.
In view of the current situation with COVID-19, and the need to respect all public health measures, the interactive event was held with citizens, civil society and journalists participating both in-person and online.
Registrar Fidelma Donlon explained how the KSC is set up to ensure the sound financial management of the resources entrusted to it, while maintaining complete independence in carrying out the judicial proceedings. The Registrar also spoke about the importance of witness protection, victims’ participation and how the Registry ensures the management of the detention facility in line with all international standards.