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Service of Process Training

22 12 2017

Service of Process Training

Inefficient service of process directly impacts the duration of court proceedings. The World Bank Functional Review has shown that only 50% of all service attempts in Serbia result in successful notice. Unsuccessful service directly impacts the length of proceedings, resulting in delays of 3 to 5, even 6 months. Matters are further complicated by the fact that different procedural laws contain different service of process provisions, while service is carried out by both the court servers and the Post Office. Only 1/3 court servers have undergone any training.

While there is no current remedy to inefficient service carried out by the Post Office under the contract with the state, practices in the court service of process departments can be improved to yield better results. In cooperation with the Judicial Academy, the USAID Rule of Law Project facilitated a training session for 20 process servers from the First and Second Basic Courts on December 22, 2017, in Belgrade.

During this one-day training, lecturers – judge Nebojsa Djuricic and Zorica Bankovic - focused on the normative framework for service, comparison of different service of process provisions contained in different process laws, and practical and technical aspects of service. It was also an opportunity to present best practices identified in the Second Basic Court related to organizing and monitoring the work of court servers. Training participants emphasized the need for better communication between different court departments, as well as with the postmen covering the same territory as the court servers. The Project will support further training as well as formulation of best practice guidance to streamline work in the courts.

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