The first report of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office was published in June 2018. The first part of the report recounts the process that led to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers becoming judicially operational (April 2016 – July 2017) and further major steps in building the regulatory framework and strengthening outreach (July 2017 – February 2018). The second part of the report presents the background and establishment of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office, highlighting its responsibility and the challenges of its work.
The 2018 Report of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office provides a detailed update on developments within these institutions in the course of 2018. The first part of the report deals with the Specialist Chambers, describing the progress made to further strengthen the court’s regulatory and procedural framework. A key priority during 2018 was to devise a legal framework conducive to effective proceedings and innovative instruments in order to ensure the conduct of fair and secure proceedings where the rights of both the accused and victims are fully met, while guaranteeing swift and efficient trials. The second part introduces the new Specialist Prosecutor and describes the evolution of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office.