The opening ceremony of the Mediation Center of the Bar Association of Cacak was held on Monday, 24 April 2017, at the Bar Association of Cacak.
The attendees were greeted by Jasmina Milutinovic, President of the Bar Association of Cacak, Ivana Nincic, Consultant for the Reform of Legal Professions, Ministry of the Justice Republic of Serbia, Judge Milos Pavlovic, President of the Cacak High Court and Blazo Nedic, Partners for Democratic Change Serbia.
Through this Center, the first of its kind in Serbia, the Bar Association of Cacak will reach out to citizens, commercial entities, and all other users, providing them with quick, efficient and economical out-of-court dispute resolution services. Through a list of licensed mediators, and in coordination with all courts within its jurisdiction, the BA Cacak will offer mediation services suitable for various types of disputes, in accordance with provisions of the Law on Mediation in Dispute Resolution. The Center will also provide information on the benefits of mediation, assistance with selection of cases suitable for mediation, which will enable users to gain easier access to faster and more efficient ways of dispute resolution.
The Mediation Center has been established within the Serbia Pilot Court Mediation project, implemented by Partners for Democratic Change Serbia, in cooperation with the Bar Association of Serbia, supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia. This project, also obtained the support of the Supreme Court of Cassation, Judicial Academy and Ministry of Justice, with the aim of increasing capacity of the pilot courts, Second Basic Court and Commercial Court in Belgrade, and Basic and High Court in Cacak, to refer more cases for resolution through mediation. The overall goal of the activities in the BA Cacak and the pilot courts is to increase an efficiency of the judiciary, by resolving the existing and reducing the inflow of new court cases, through a more efficient use of mediation, before and during the court proceedings.
The opening ceremony was attended by over 30 attorneys, judges, local government representatives, as well as the media.
After the event, the cocktail was held.