President Jahjaga’s speech at the graduation ceremony of the candidates for judges and prosecutors

From today onwards you will be commencing new traversing towards fulfilment of your mission as defenders of law and order. You will be fulfilling your aim to help the country and to provide for the country an important meaning in the field of justice.

Honourable Minister Kuçi,

Honourable representatives of the Prosecution and Courts,

Honourable prosecutors and judges;

From today onwards you will be commencing new traversing towards fulfilment of your mission as defenders of law and order. You will be fulfilling your aim to help the country and to provide for the country an important meaning in the field of justice.

Being a young country, with the ideal of building upon the principle that everyone is equal in front of the law, we have often times backtracked during our post independence years, without fulfilling the visions set. The state of law is very difficult to buld, being at the same time the highest value of any society.

But, the state of law, an intertwining of the principles of freedom and human rights with the power of law, is the only way to realize the aim- ingrained in our Constitution- for an equal citizen, irrespective and regardless.

Thus, the state of law does not recognize hierarchies and political powers, because the hand of the law is the power itself.

Today, you are commencing with the journey towards your mission to enliven and dispense justice. This justice, as an important system of social values, requires today support from us: with the condition that we understand that our path to advancement is inter-dependable to its proper functioning; when we understand that the already started processes of our statehood ate totally dependent on its results and when we understand that its political impartiality is more than necessary for its required efficiency.

We must de-politicize this important system of our statehood; help it be built upon the foundations of professionalism, personal integrity and claim of justice for all. Therefore, we today need a reformed system of justice, which has replaced its past with the present and that has its work based upon capability, accountability and responsibility.

This is the only way to show ourselves that our endeavours on building of a functioning state of law are on the right path and that the transition period is coming to an end- by enabling opening of new chapters for the country especially in its integrative processes.

And now is the time to show that Kosovo has the power of the spirit of its society to create the state of law, to demonstrate that no one is above the law, to show that it is not a country of extremisms and organised crime and corruption and to  conclude all important processes already started, which are touching the lives of each of our citizens.

This, a large portion of the burden shall lay upon yourselves, as much as upon all those who are holding these posts today, to return the shaken trust of our citizens upon our system of justice and to end the cycle of accumulation of cases in courthouses. Trust in our system of justice means trust in the state and consequently, trust in the future.

Let us return the trust to those who need it the most, to our citizens, citizens of the Republic of Kosovo, and let’s make these a part of joint responsibilities for our common state.

This trust can be returned only through your work and your dedication, only by you doing your work, you are mandated to do by the Constitution and the laws of Republic of Kosovo, by not allowing cases to gather dust in drawers of courthouses and prosecution offices for years on end.
I wish you all successful work and I thank your families for the support they have provided to you.