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Electronic Notice Board for the Enforcement Procedure

20 01 2020

Electronic Notice Board for the Enforcement Procedure

In cooperation with the Ministry of Justice, the USAID Rule of Law Project developed a software application for the electronic notice board for the enforcement and security procedure. Since January 1 this year, the electronic notice board – eBoard - www.etabla.sud.rs allows citizens and legal entities to quickly and easily, using a computer or a mobile phone, find writs they are being served with in the enforcement procedure, which the authorities previously unsuccessfully tried to serve them in person.  

The electronic notice board replaced the existing physical notice boards in the courts, which increases the accountability, transparency, and efficiency of the enforcement procedure. There is a previously introduced rule that stipulates that if the court of the public enforcement officer are not able to enact personal service of process, the writ in question gets posted to the notice board in the court with proper jurisdiction and you are considered duly served eight days after the notice board posting. This created potential difficulties for citizens and businesses because if they didn’t get the notification that the writ is posted on the notice board they were not aware of the need to go to the court and check the document intended for them. In cases when an enforcement procedure is conducted in another town, this would mean they needed to go to the court with relevant territorial jurisdiction, which made access to justice difficult and denied the parties the possibility to exercise all their rights within the enforcement procedure whether through objections or appeals which could then potentially affect the outcome of the procedure.  

 

The web application and the portal for the citizens is a modern solution, envisaged under the most recent set of amendments for the Law on Enforcement and Security which are being implemented as of January 1, 2020, for the issues affecting personal service of process. The web application makes the job easier for both the courts and the public enforcement officers. Document submission is carried out through a simple user interface, while the courts have the possibility to check all documents before posting them to the board, or return them to the public enforcement officers for amending and/or completing the file if needed. Also, the courts now have an easier job of keeping record of when a document was posted and then taken down from the board. The courts were previously unable to maintain accurate records on document served, and the eBoard application is set to make this task easier and allow insight into complete data on documents served via the electronic notice board in the enforcement procedure. 

As announced by the Ministry of Justice, in the next stages of development, the citizens will have the possibility to, with previous registration, obtain information via e-mail or SMS once a document pertaining to them is posted to the electronic notice board.

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