TENS OF THOUSANDS OF LAWSUITS AGAINST BANKS: Solution offered to overload court litigation departments

However, the AKPA notes that in order to systematically resolve the problem, it is necessary to change the procedural provisions on the local jurisdiction of the courts.

The delegation of cases came thanks to the decision of the Supreme Court of Cassation, which accepted the requests of the acting judges of these two courts, realizing that the right of citizens to a fair trial in all civil proceedings was endangered. The AKPA points out that after the transfer of jurisdiction in February, there will be a certain relief for the courts, but the problem of overload in Belgrade is systemic and must be resolved in that way.

– Tens of thousands of lawsuits of citizens from all over Serbia against commercial banks, whose headquarters are located in Belgrade, have led to the overburdening of Belgrade courts. Therefore, the procedural rules should be changed so that the territorial jurisdiction of the courts is determined exclusively according to the residence of the citizens, and not according to the seat of the commercial banks. Thus, citizens could exercise their rights before the court competent for the territory of their residence, which is physically closer to them, and citizens of the capital would not be violated the right to a trial within a reasonable time, not only in disputes with commercial banks, but in a number of others. litigation – emphasizes AKPA and calls on the Government to propose such legal changes. Otherwise, Belgrade’s courts will again be as crowded as they are now.

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