Courts in Serbia will start working normally from Monday

Courts in Serbia will start working normally from Monday, May 11, with new rules of conduct for employees and citizens, put in place by the High Judicial Council.

The decision of the highest judicial body prescribes obligations of employees and court services, as well as a required behaviour from people entering a court, which will be valid until the end of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The Judicial Council ordered the Presidents of the Courts to have the new rules of conduct for employees and citizens coming to courts in place and to display them at the entrance to courts and their respective websites by noon today.

It is suggested that work should be organized according to the size of the court and the number of employees. Shift work could be introduced too in order to have a more efficient and safer working environment.

The Judicial Council says that court clerks have to wear protective masks when arriving in court, while gloves are not mandatory. The Council also says that the people who do not have or do not want to wear a mask will not be able to enter the court.

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Disinfection of employees’ shoes and hands has also been prescribed by the Judicial Council, as well as the obligation to pass a security check and show personal identification.

Under the threat of a ban from entering the facility, a distance of at least 1.5 metres should be maintained at all times.

As far as trials are concerned, the Council has prescribed that only people who have priority cases are allowed to enter the courtroom, so the defendants and defence lawyers, as well as the parties summoned by the court, will have priority.

The others will not be allowed access if the social distancing measures cannot be implemented in the courtroom.

(Politika, 07.05.2020)

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