The importance of achieving the justice reform’ strategic objectives against the challenges facing the process: The establishment of the Special Courts and the Special Prosecution Office composes one of the main justice reform’s pillars.

The establishment of the High Judicial Council and the High Prosecutorial Council constitute the beginning of the procedures towards the temporary appointment of Serious Crimes Courts’ judges as well as the appointment of the candidate prosecutors for 15 positions in the Special Prosecution Office.

These processes have not been completed yet and the on-going confirmation of judges and prosecutors by the Independent Qualification Commission (KPK) is an important and necessary step, the successful implementation of which would avoid other delays in the establishment of these institutions.

However, despite overdue and expected delays the process of establishing the Special Courts against corruption and organized crime and SPAK constitutes the beginning of the implementation of one of the major pillars of the judicial system reform in Albania.

This third issue of SPAK Monitor is dedicated to the establishment and functioning of the Courts against Corruption and Organized Crime and SPAK as well as potential challenges that this process may face.

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