Partners Serbia, in cooperation with the Judicial Academy and with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Serbia, held a series of seminars in June, intended for judges, judicial assistants and associates, as well as attorneys from the area of Bar Association of Cacak. These seminars are a part of the “Serbia Pilot Court Mediation Project” implemented by Partners Serbia, in cooperation with Judicial Academy, High Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice, the Bar Association of Serbia, Serbian National Association of Mediators (NUMS), and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Serbia.
The first seminar was held on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at the Judicial Academy, cowering the topic ,,Mediation in Judicial-selection and Referral of Cases“. Lecturers at the seminar were Ljubica Milutinovic, Judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation of Serbia, and Blazo Nedic, lawyer, regional mediator of the World Bank Group, and the President of NUMS. Mirjana Golubovic, the Head of the Criminal Law Sector of the Judicial Academy and Nebojsa Djuricic, Judge of the Second Basic Court, also took part in the discussion. This interactive seminar, was attended by over 30 judges, who were informed about the practical and procedural aspects of the implementation of the new Law on Mediation in civil proceedings. They also acquired new knowledge required for selection and referral of mediable cases. The seminar for judges, covering the same topic, was held on Friday, June 3, 2o16 at the High Court in Cacak.
On June 10 and 11, 2016 at the Bar Association of Cacak, a seminar covering the topic Mediation and Advocacy – Representing Clients in Mediation was held. The seminar was attended by 30 attorneys from the area covered by the Bar Association of Cacak, and the following topics were covered: definition and basic principles of mediation, legal framework, the relationship between mediation and judicial proceedings, integration of mediation and advocacy. In addition to that, the participants have gained new communication skills.
Lecturers at the seminar were Dragana Cuk Milankov, psychologist and president of the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CARS) and Blazo Nedic, lawyer, regional mediator of the World Bank Group, and the President of NUMS.
On June 14 and 15, 2016, a two-day training for judicial assistants and associates covering the topic ,,Mediation in Judicial – Management of Court Cases“ at the Judicial Academy in Belgrade. Judicial assistants and associates were trained to provide to the parties with all the necessary organizational and technical support and to establish a system for case management. They were also educated about practical and procedural aspects of the implementation of the new Law on Mediation in civil proceedings. Through the training they also acquired the skills of communication and promotion.
Lecturers at the training were Mirjana Golubovic, the Head of the Criminal Law sector of the Judicial Academy, Dragana Cuk Milankov, psychologist and president of CARS; Nebojsa Djuricic, Judge of the Second Basic Court and Blazo Nedic, lawyer, regional mediator of the World Bank Group, and the President of NUMS.