I very much appreciated the opportunity to meet with the Director of the Academy of Judges -- the Honorable Aneta Arnaudovska -- introduced to me by my friend Aneta Peseva.
The Academy is responsible for the selection and recruitment of judges, the training of new judges, and the continuing education programs for current judges. Judicial vacancies in the Republic of Macedonia are filled only with those judicial candidates trained in the academy.
Website of the Academy of Judges: http://www.jpacademy.gov.mk/
From the website of the Academy of Judges:
"With the establishment of the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors, the Republic of Macedonia made a significant step towards embedding the democratic principles of rule of law and protection of basic human rights and liberties into its justice system, as epitomised in numerous international independent and efficient justice system related documents.
Today, five years after its founding, the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors, through the professional training it delivers, plays a crucial role in the strengthening of the independence and expertise of justice system institutions, and has grown into a responsible and professional partner in its collaboration with national and international institutions and projects.
Our vision is to make a contribution, through the initial and continuing training, to the creation of European profiles of judges and public prosecutors and the court and public prosecutor’s office administration, using in the process modern methods for improving their knowledge and skills, through the continuous application of all necessary mechanisms and available tools, thus making European Union Law and International Law easily accessible to all judges and public prosecutors in the Republic of Macedonia.
The mission of the Academy for Judges and Public Prosecutors is based on the improvement and facilitation of an independent, impartial, highly professional and efficient justice system which affirms the principles of rule of law and protection of human rights. Our mission is to create a modern justice system, which rests on high European values, fully harmonised with European legislation, and which incorporates international standards, with the aim of raising public trust in justice system institutions and facilitating easier access to justice."