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Building Capacities of Court Process Servers

02 03 2018

Building Capacities of Court Process Servers

In the period from December 2017 to March 2018, in cooperation with the Judicial Academy, the USAID Rule of Law Project delivered three training sessions on the topic of effective service of process to some 70 staff in total from three Belgrade basic courts and the basic court from Kragujevac. Court process servers deliver court documents in addition to the service of process through Post Office. The rules for service of process are regulated in a different manner under process laws governing civil and criminal procedure. For this reason, the training sessions were primarily structured around the normative framework for service, instructions recently formulated by the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Post Office, and accompanying technical aspects, as well as some practical advice for effective service of process.

All court process servers raised the same issues related to their everyday work – the territories they have to cover are often very broad, while they have no recourse to an official vehicle; addresses and other data crucial for service of process are often wrongly registered in court documents, or non-existent; the coordination of their work within a court is often insufficient. The Project will work on both reviewing the existing legal framework and proposing a solution for harmonizing the service of process provisions, as well as supporting the dissemination of best practices established in courts like Uzice and Subotica to other courts for testing and, if proven effective in the courts which experience problems, utilizing them to improve their operations.   

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