- Published: June 3, 2019
On 27 and 28 May 2019 the IRZ, in cooperation with the Centre for Education of Judges and Public Prosecutors of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzgovina (CEST BiH), organised a two-day event on the topics “Preparation of judges for the court hearing” and “Conduct of court hearings and delivery of judgements”. The local co-speaker was Adnan Baručija, Judge at the Cantonal Court in Zenica. Andrea Titz, Director of the Local Court of Wolfratshausen and President of the Bavarian Association of Judges, attended the event as IRZ expert.
The event dealt with the similarities and differences in procedural law in Germany and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The approximation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s civil procedure law to the German regulations was also addressed using the example of the revised version of Article 7 of the Code of Civil Procedure of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which now also provides for the principle of producing evidence.
Another topic which was covered in detail was that civil courts were obliged to contribute to settlements to expedite proceedings. The focus of the discussions was therefore on the question in which areas it was justified to speak of the guiding principle of a passive or active law. Comparing the two countries, however, it also became clear that a revision of the procedural law alone would not lead to an acceleration of proceedings, as there are other factors which play a major role here: These are, amongst others, the different mentalities of the judges, the parties or the law concerning lawyer’s fees.