Lawyers in Belgrade SUSPEND work
The Assembly of the Belgrade Bar Association has decided to suspend work, and the condition for their return to work is the withdrawal of the amendment to the opinion of the Supreme Court of Cassation.
At the extraordinary session of the Assembly of the Belgrade Bar Association, 632 lawyers voted for the suspension, 177 were against it, and ten abstained.
This means that the Managing Board of the Belgrade Bar Association is obliged to make a decision on the suspension of work, which can be indefinite.
The extraordinary session of the Belgrade Bar Association Assembly was convened after the Managing Board of the Serbian Bar Association rejected the proposal to suspend the work of all lawyers until the amendment to the opinion is revoked.
Prior to that, the Bar Conference voted in favour of the suspension by a majority vote.
The underlying issue is the supplement to the opinion of the Supreme Court of Cassation, which was passed by the highest court in the country in September this year.
According to the lawyers’ interpretation, this opinion is a directive to the courts to rule in favour of banks in disputes that citizens have with banks in relation to the legality of collecting the costs of loan processing.
Immediately after the opinion was adopted, it was noticeable that there are two groups of lawyers. The moderate current, represented by the majority of the officials of the bar associations, is in favour of negotiations with the authorities in order to improve the legal situation created by the adoption of the amendment to the opinion. Opposite to them is a group of lawyers who demand the unconditional abolition of the opinion and they advocate for the suspension of work as a method for fulfilling the goal.
That group of lawyers, after the Managing Board of the Serbian Bar Association refused to vote in favour of the suspension of work, collected the signatures necessary for holding an extraordinary session of the Assembly of the Belgrade Bar Association. Proponents of this view hope that, after the suspension in Belgrade, the other regional chambers will follow suit.