Nela Kuburović, Minister of Justice, born on 7 April 1982 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Completed Primary School “Milan Rakić” in Belgrade in 1996 as the holder of “Vuk Karadžić Diploma” for the results achieved in history and chemistry competitions. After completing the X. Belgrade Grammar School (general type), she enrolled in 2000 in the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law. She graduated in 2005, with the emphasis on judicial matters stream, with 9.03 grade average. She was praised on frequent occasions by the Faculty for her A level results.
In the period 2003-2005 she attended a two-year undergraduate course within the “Law Clinic” Programme. She received the scholarship of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. After graduation, she enrolled in postgraduate studies of the University of Belgrade Faculty of Law, with the emphasis on business law.
She passed the Judicial State Examination in 2008 and Notary Public Examination in 2014.
As a student she underwent a 2-month internship in Raiffeisen Bank, HR Division. As of February 2006, she was an intern volunteer in the Belgrade First Municipal Court. After passing the Judicial State Examination, she started working in the Belgrade First Municipal Court as Judge’s Assistant, until December 2008. As Judge’s Assistant she was assigned to the Civil Procedure Department, where she drafted court decisions and performed other tasks, independently and under judge’s supervision and instructions.
In the period December 2008 - August 2009 she worked in the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia as Adviser for the High Judicial Council matters, and as of April 2009 at the position for providing expert assistance to the High Court Council and State Prosecutorial Council. She participated in drafting decisions on the judiciary issues and status of judges and public prosecutors, and preparing the Council session materials.
Upon establishment of the High Court Council in August 2009, she moved to the Administrative Office of the High Court Council to the position of the Legal Affairs Adviser in the Sector for Normative Affairs. As of May 2013, she was appointed the Head of the Department of the Status of Judges in the Administrative Office of the High Court Council. Within the Department activities she participated in drafting decisions concerning status of judges in courts of general and special jurisdiction, preparing justified proposal for the General Assembly for the election of judges on the occasion of their first election to the role of judge, and election and dismissal of presidents of court in courts of general and special jurisdiction; she also performed other tasks concerning the evaluation of performance of judges and presidents of courts, by applying judge training programmes, analysing the necessary number of judges and lay judges. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 she received the “Excellent” performance evaluation.
She was engaged in the activities of work groups established by the High Court Council for the development of the Judge Ethics Code and Draft Rulebook for the evaluation of performance of judges; as of December 2012 she participated in the work of the Committee for deciding on complaints of judge’s assistants to decisions of court presidents as regards their evaluation. She participated in workshops on bilateral screening for the members of the Negotiating Group for Chapter 23, and performed study visits to the Supreme Judicial Council of the Kingdom of Spain and Disciplinary Authorities for Judges in France. In April 2014, she spent two weeks of practice in the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On 1 July 2014 she was appointed Assistant Minister of Justice – Sector for the Judiciary and International Legal Assistance, and as of 1 August she was appointed Assistant Minister for the Sector for the Judiciary.
In August 2014, she was appointed member of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ), as the representative of the Republic of Serbia. She participated in the work of CEPEJ sessions, and within the programme for the cooperation with the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice; in March 2016, the first visit of CEPEJ experts to Serbia related to judicial statistics (CEPEJ Peer Review Cooperation on Judicial Statistics) was organised.
As of July 2014, she has participated in the work of working groups of the Ministry for drafting laws and by-laws: Law on Enforcement and Security, Law on Free Legal Aid, Law on Judicial Academy, Law on Public Notaries, Law on Judges, Law on Public Prosecution, Rulebook on criteria and standards for the evaluation of judge’s assistants performance; she also participated in the preparation of the Training programme for public notaries and bailiffs as well as the development of the Code of Professional Conduct of Bailiffs.
In December 2014 and January 2015, she participated in the work of the Expert Team established by the Bar Association of Serbia and the Ministry of Justice in order to find a joint solution for overcoming the disputed issues concerning the Law on Public Notaries and accompanying set of laws, and the termination of the suspension of work of lawyers.
For her participation in drafting the Law on Enforcement and Security, adopted by the National Assembly in December 2015, she received in January 2016 acknowledgement of the National Alliance for Local Economic Development (NALED) for her contribution to reforms and law enforcement in Serbia in 2015.
In 2015 and 2016 she was the member of the Committee for the implementation of Bailiff Examination and President of the Committee for the appointment of bailiffs, and as of March 2016 she has been the member of the Committee for the implementation of the Notary Public Examination and President of the Committee of the Ministry of Justice for determining disciplinary responsibility of public notaries.
Fluent in English language.