The Bar Association of Kosovo (BAK) has requested support from the CCBE regarding the Law on Civil Procedure Code, namely the provisions related to representation in courts. The current provisions would allow any person in their capacity to act to represent a person in court, which both BAK and CCBE find very problematic. Moreover, the CCBE draws attention to the fact there are dissuasive conditions for lawyers to represent themselves and participate in the work of the Judicial and Prosecutorial Councils in Kosovo. The conditions are such that lawyers that become members of these councils are obliged to suspend their activity as lawyers for a period of 5 years. For more information, read the letter here.
Upon invitation of the Kosovo Bar Association, the CCBE held a PECO committee meeting on 10 June 2015 in Pristina, Kosovo. The meeting took place on the occasion of the Kosovo Bar Annual Lawyers Day and its 42nd anniversary (see programme). The CCBE – which has had regular contacts with the Bar since 2013 and invites the Bar to its meetings – was granted the Justinian award as a sign of gratitude and respect for its contribution to the Kosovo Bar Association. Michel Benichou, First Vice-President of the CCBE, received the award on behalf of the CCBE. The chair of the CCBE PECO committee, Ranko Pelicaric, also participated that same day in a roundtable discussion which considered the law on public notaries and representation by lawyers in court proceedings.