Last weekend, the Council of Europe HELP free course on procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings and victims’ rights began in co-operation with the Judicial Training Center and the State Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro, the CoE announced.
Ljiljana Lakić, President of the Steering Committee of the Training Center, who gave a summary of the HELP courses that have been implemented so far for the benefit of Montenegrin professionals, welcomed the participants.
Furthermore, HELP tutors Milenka Žižić and Sanja Jovićević briefed the participants on the structure of the course and the dynamics of its implementation over a 2-month period.
A selected group of 40 judges, prosecutors and lawyers will participate in the HELP tutored online course aimed at prosecuting crimes by providing access to justice and adequate protection from further harm to victims.
Whereas the EU Charter reaffirms the rights enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), citing the right to a fair trial and public hearing by an independent tribunal; the right to counsel and representation and the right to legal aid, both instruments define a number of rights belonging to victims. Therefore, legal professionals need to be responsive to the individual needs of victims and be particularly aware of certain categories of vulnerable victims such as children, victims of sexual violence or victims of terrorism.
The launch event was organized within the regional field of action “HELP in the Western Balkans” which is part of the joint program of the European Union / Council of Europe “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”, implemented by the Council of Europe .
The Council of Europe program developed the online Council of Europe Assistance course on procedural safeguards in criminal proceedings and victims’ rights for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) thanks to EU support, funded by “EU-CoE Assistance to the EU” Project.