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2018 Annual Conference of Commercial Courts

07 09 2018

2018 Annual Conference of Commercial Courts

The traditional, 26th Annual Conference of the Commercial Courts was held on September 5-7, 2018 in Zlatibor. During the opening session of the conference, Marc Lassman, USAID Rule of Law Project Chief of Party, addressed the judges, representatives of the business community, other legal professions, law faculties and the State Attorney’s Office and emphasized the continuous support that USAID has been providing to improving the Serbian judiciary, including commercial courts which have been showing great results in the recent years. President of the Commercial Appellate Court, and the host of the conference, Jasminka Obućina, president of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Dragomir Milojević, and the Minister of Justice, Nela Kuburović, also gave opening addresses. The Minister particularly emphasized the importance of the efficient work of the commercial courts for improving the investment climate as well as for improving Serbia’s ranking on the Doing Business list.

On the second day of the Conference, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, the USAID Rule of Law Project organized the presentation of the Judicial Information System (PIS) and the ongoing process of drafting amendments to the Law on Enforcement and Security. Representatives of the e-justice department in the Ministry of Justice, Mario Maletić and Jovana Mihajlović, presented the PIS functionalities and 8 sets of data that can be accessed on-line which substitute exchange of paper documents between the judiciary and other state bodies that used to take as many as 3 to 6 month. PIS enabled 66 million RSD in savings so far which means the system has paid for the costs of its development within a year of its activation.

During the session on the Law on Enforcement and Security, the Assistant Minister for judiciary, Jelena Deretić, presented the activities of the working group tasked with drafting amendments to the Law, emphasizing the importance of regulating the areas such as selling the movable and immovable property by introducing the e-auction, as well as improving monitoring and oversight over the work of public enforcement officers. One of the members of the working group, professor Nikola Bodiroga, particularly emphasized the efforts on better defining the principle of proportionality which would allow for regulating what is often perceived by the public as one of the biggest issues in the enforcement procedure and that is selling valuable real estate for settling a debt of a couple of thousand euros. Both sessions were very well attended and accompanied with productive discussions.

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