Peci responds to the opposition after accusations that the Supreme was politically influenced by the decision of the current
Supreme Court President Enver Peci states that he had no political influence in the case of electricity tariffs, as claimed by opposition parties. In an interview for KosovaPress, Peci says that in the Special Chamber, which operates within this court, there are about 15 thousand cases pending.
Days ago, the Supreme Court overturned two decisions of the Basic and Appellate courts, which had considered the increase in the price of energy illegal, leaving in force the decision with new higher tariffs. For this decision, the Supreme was at the center of accusations of political influence.
The head of this court, not wanting to comment on the decision, said that there is no political influence in the Supreme.
“I can guarantee that as the President of the Supreme Court there was no pressure because it was such a legal issue to be resolved and moreover there could not have been pressure from anyone in the general sense I am talking… As the Supreme Court is not, neither the first nor the last case for which we have made a decision. In terms of political influence, as a president I have no direct influence, I can not speak on behalf of judges, but even the judges have not complained to me that they have political pressure from anyone. In the legal aspect, the judges must be independent and if the independence from any other power or from the individual is affected, they must report to the Judicial Council “, stressed Peci.
Peci stated that the number of cases currently pending in this court is about 400, with more charges on civil cases.
According to him, the resolution of criminal cases lasts 3 months, while the verdict for civil cases lasts up to 6 months.
“We have a small workload in the civil field but it is affordable, in the criminal field we are very good because the number of cases that have come recently are small in administrative matters as well. In general, the number of unfinished cases in the Supreme Court is about 400 and the average resolution of criminal cases is about 3 months, and for civil cases it is 6 months, but it is not an unreasonable time limit for resolving cases in “There is no problem in this direction,” he stressed.
Within the Supreme Court is also the Special Chamber for Cases related to the Privatization Agency of Kosovo, and pending at this stage are about 15 thousand cases.
According to him, the number of judges is small for handling all these cases.
“The performance is deteriorating precisely because of the problems and burdens that this Chamber has, in fact there are waiting for many cases isht Approximately 15 thousand cases this has happened for a long time, the largest number of judges have had EULEX and these cases are treated and are of years even when EULEX had exclusive competence. In fact, now the judges have increased the number of completed cases, but it is really impossible for this number of judges to face this number of cases… In fact, there are about 15 judges, it is foreseen that maybe with 20 judges it will start, but are not enough considering the number of cases, but we hope that the number of cases will be smaller since for a long time privatization has been suspended and in this regard may in the next 5 years “the privatization process should be completed and there may not be a need for a Special Chamber for these issues,” he said.
While listing the challenges of this court, Peci stressed as the most important the lack of unification of judicial practice, which as he said, would be a response to dissatisfaction but would also increase citizens’ trust in the judiciary.
“The main challenge is still the unification of judicial practice because it is not important that it completes cases numerically, but the judicial quality is important, the Supreme Court is constantly making efforts to make a general unification not only of the court but also of the courts. others and I am hoping that in this regard should be discussed more because unification solves the dissatisfaction and low trust of citizens in the judicial system, “said Peci.