Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia

Statute

STATUTE

Post December 11th, 2018.

In accordance with Article 12 paragraph 1 and Article 78 Law on Associations (Official Gazette 51/09), Article 48 Rules on Administration of the Public Prosecutor's Office (Official Gazette no. 110/2009, 87/10, 5/12) and Article 53 Law on Public Prosecutor's Office (Official Gazette 116/08, 104/09, 101/10, 78/11, 101/11, 38/12, 12/12, 101/13, 111/14) and Article 23 of the Statute of the Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia, the Assembly of the Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia, considering the idea of a natural right to organize people, as an extension of personal freedom that belongs to everyone, tradition of the legal foundation created in Serbia adoption of the meetings and associations 1881st and the international instruments - particularly the right of association in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and Article 22 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) the Associations Assembly adopts on December 7th, 2018 the following

STATUTE
Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia

I GENERAL PROVISIONS

The area of achieving goals

Article. 1.

Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia (hereinafter referred to as the Association) is a voluntary, expert, non-government, non-political party and professional organization founded to achieve the objectives in the field of law and improving the status of the profession.

The objectives of the Association

Article 2.

The objectives of the Association are:
1. Care about improving regulations on organization and work of the prosecution and judiciary, and other regulations relevant to the Public Prosecutor's Office;
2. Commitment to the independence of public prosecutors and the independence of the work of public prosecutors and deputy public prosecutors in the performance of public prosecution office;
3. Raising public confidence in the work of the Public Prosecutor's Office and the professional ethics;
4. Commitment to improve the material status of the Public Prosecutor, public prosecutors and deputy public prosecutors (enhancing the reputation and material status of public prosecution office);

  1. Affirmation of the law as a profession and science;
    6. Improving efficiency and more complete realization of the public prosecution authority, particularly in combating organized crime and corruption;
    7. Devotion to harmonization of the judicial and criminal justice system of the Republic of Serbia with the European Union, as a relevant International Standards;
    8. Cooperation with professional associations as well as non governmental organizations whose aims are in accordance to the goals of the Association;
    9. Participation in the work of the European Association of judges and prosecutors for Freedom and Democracy and the International Association of Prosecutors,
    10. As well as other objectives that contribute to establishment of the rule of law and public confidence in judicial institutions

Achievement of objectives

Article 3



In order to achieve all objectives, Association:
- Protects the right to perform  the function of public prosecution independently and impartially;
- Protects the reputation and dignity of the profession of public prosecution, as well as personality of public prosecutors;
- Amends the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia on the public prosecutor and the judiciary, as well as revises law other regulations in the field of justice and the criminal justice system of the Republic of Serbia, in order to achieve independence of the judiciary, the functional independence of public prosecutors and effective suppression of all forms of crime and establishing the rule of law;
- Initiates and organizes public and professional discussion of relevant legal regulations and the prosecutor's practice;
- Publishes professional publications and publications on law and judicial issues;
- Organizes professional consultations, seminars, lectures and other forms of vocational and professional training of Association members ;
- Awards prizes and awards for successful professional work;
- Cooperates with other associations and NGOs;
- Performs other activities in order to achieve  the objectives of the Association.

Name of the Association
Article 4

Name of the Association is Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia.
Name of the Association is in Serbian and Cyrillic.
The Association will use short names in the legal operations as following: "Association of Prosecutors of Serbia".

The name in English is also registered - Association of public prosecutors and deputy public prosecutors of Serbia

 Capacity, registered headquarters and sign of the Association

Article 5

The association is a legal entity.
The association carries out its activities in the Republic of Serbia.
Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia is a legal entity.
Headquarters of the Association is in Belgrade, Resavska street 16a.
Sign of the Association contains styled Cyrillic letters UTS so as to the letter " T " is represented as a black sword, there are the colors of the Serbian flag on the handle and green bay leaf is wrapped around the blade of the sword and stylized letter "U” is on the left of the cross and stylized letter " S " is on the right side of the cross guard.

The seal of the Association

Article 6

The association's stamp is in Serbian and English.
Seals are of circular shape with a diameter of 32 mm.
The text of the stamp in Serbian is “Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors of Serbia, Belgrade, Resavska 16a”.
Text stamp in English is "Association of public prosecutors and deputy public prosecutors of Serbia, Serbia, Belgrade, Resavska 16a".
The texts are written in concentric circle, the sign of the Association is in the center of the seal.

Transparency

Article 7



The work of the Association is transparent.
The transparency is achieved through the web site of the Association, as an official presentation of the Association and of "Prosecutorial word" as a periodic journal of the Association.
Exceptionally, the work of the Association may be closed to the public, which can be regulated by the rules of procedure.

The manner of achieving activities

Article 8

The Association achieves its activities in accordance with law, Statute and other general acts of national and international organizations whose member it is.

II MEMBER OF THE ASSOCIATION

                                     

Members of the Association

Article 9

Members of the Association could be public prosecutors, deputy public prosecutor, retired public prosecutors and deputy public prosecutors, with no other occupation, and other lawyers with bar examination employed in the public prosecution.
Trainees employed in the public prosecution are entitled to participate in work of the Association without a right to vote.

Acquisition of membership

Article 10


Association membership is achieved by signing of the declaration of accession -accession or by filling out an online application.
The Association keeps track of your membership.
Member of the Association is obliged to pay membership fee.
The membership fee is determined by the Assembly. Exceptionally, the temporary decision on the amount of fee is decided by the Management Board until the decision of the Assembly.

Honorary Member

Article 11

An honorary member of the Association may be appointed a domestic or foreign citizen responsible for the promotion and development of public prosecution or the rule of law.
Decision on the appointment of an honorary member is brought of the Managing Board on a proposal by the member or the body of the Association.

                              

The rights and obligations of the Association member

Article 12

The rights and obligations of the Association member are:

- To initiate adoption or amendment of laws and regulations and by-laws in the field of judicial and criminal justice system;
- To elect and be elected in bodies of the Association;
- To be regularly informed about issues of importance for the improvement of the Association work;
- To be informed about the activities carried out in the Association;
- To comply with the provisions of the Statute, the Code of Ethics and other general acts of the Association;
- To strive to achieve the goals, objectives and programs of the Association;
- To pay the membership fee.

Liability of members of the Association

Article 13

In case of severe violations of provisions of the Statute, the Code or other bylaws of the Association, a member may be liable.
Ethics Council shall determine the responsibility of the Association member in a procedure that is regulated by the Rules of Procedure.

Termination of Membership

Article 14

Membership in the Association ceases by lying off and exclusion.

The statement of withdrawal shall be addressed in written form to the Management Board of the Association.

Membership in the Association shall end with the cease of capacity of Article 9 Statute.

  

Exclusion from the Association

Article 15

A member may be excluded from the Association in case of serious violations of provisions of the Statute and Code of Ethics.
Procedure of exclusion is regulated by the Procedure of the Rules of the Ethics Council.

The decision of exclusion of a member is brought by the Council of the Ethics on  proposal of the Management Board, Supervisory Board or twenty members of the Association.
The decision is brought in written form, contains explanation and it is submitted to the member of the Association by post.
The appeal can be made against the decision on exclusion within 30 days to the Management Board.

Decision of the Management Board on the appeal is final.
Excluded member of the Association has right to apply for readmission to membership. The decision on the appeal is brought by the Assembly of the Association.

Suspension

Article 16



Ethics Council may decide to suspend members of the Association against whom the process of exclusion or who stopped working for the office of public prosecution.
During the suspension the member cannot participate in the Association's work and decision making.

III FORMS OF ORGANIZATION OF THE ASSOCIATION


Departments

Article 17

Departments are the form of organization of members of the Association.
Except for departments it is possible to form other bodies.

Establishment Department

Article 18

Departments are established in the Republic Public Prosecutions, Appellate Public Prosecutor's Office, the High prosecutor's offices, Basic public prosecutor's offices, as well as special prosecutors offices.

Department can be established for more prosecution or the prosecution office.
Decision on establishment of the Department can be brought by three members of the Association.
The Department is considered to be established, when the Management Board acknowledges the decision to establish the Department.
Members of the department elect the president of the department.

Commissioner

Article 19

In the prosecutors offices whrere the Department has not been established, the Management Board may appoint a commissioner, who is preparing the establishment of the Department.


Work Department

Article 20

Department discusses issues and makes decisions that are of interest to the Department, as well as of interest to the Association as a whole.

IV ASSOCIATION ORGANS

Association organs

Article 21

Regular organs of the Association are the Assembly, the Presidency of the Association, the Management Board, Supervisory Board, the Ethics Council and the Program Council.
Function in the organ of the Association is performed by a member of the Association.
Function in the Program Council can be also performed by a person who is not a member of the Association but supports the values and goals of the Association.
Function in the organs is achieved by election and terminated by dismissal or resignation.

Assembly

Article 22

The Assembly is the supreme organ of the Association.
Assembly of the Association is consisted of all members of the Association.
Assembly may be convened as the elective assembly or regular assembly.

Elective Assembly

Article 23

The election is held once in four years.

Election Assembly:
1. Adopts the Statute of the Association, amendments to the Statute of the Association,
2. Adopts the Code of Ethics
3. Adopts the Rules of Procedure,
4. Appoints and dismisses the members of Presidency of the Association,
5. Appoints and dismisses members of the Management Board, Supervisory Board, the Ethics Council and the President of the Programme Council,
6. Makes a decision on the dissolution of the Association,
7. Adopts the report on the work of the Association and the Financial Report of the period between elections,
8. Decides on the status changes,
9. Decides on joining the alliance,
10. Adopts a work plan of the Association,
11. Decides about appeals against the decision to exclude from the Association,
12. Decides about other matters in accordance with the Statute and the law.

Election Assembly can work and make decisions with at least 10% of the members of the Association.

Regular Assembly

Article 24

Regular Assembly is held once a year.

Regular Assembly:
1. Adopts the Annual Report on the work of the Association,
2. Adopts the annual financial report, decide about joining the alliance,
3. Adopts a work plan of the Association,
4. Decides about appeals against decisions on exclusion from the Association,
5. Discusses other issues of importance to the Association.

Regular Assembly functions and makes decisions if the session is attended by authorized representatives of at least 10% of the members.

                                  

The manner of convening Parliament

Article 25

Regular and Election Assembly is convened by a decision of the Presidency of the Association or a joint decision of the Management Board and the President of the Assembly.

Irregular meeting of the Assembly
Article 26

Irregular Assembly is convened if 10% of the members of the Association submits a written request for it’s convening, or by decision of the Management Board.
Irregular meeting of the Assembly is held no later than 30 days from
date of application for its convening.
Irregular meeting of the Assembly functions and makes decisions with at least 10% of the members of the Association.
Irregular meeting of the Assembly has the same authority as the Election Assembly.

Decision making method

Article 27

The Assembly shall decide by majority vote of members attending.
Voting is secret and direct.

Assembly can decide to vote publicly.

Chairmanship of the Assembly

Article 28

President of the Assembly is elected by the Assembly.
The status of candidate for President of the Assembly of the Association is acquired by a member that is proposed by the President of the Association or 10 members of the Association with their signature.
President of the Assembly of the Association is elected out of the candidates who have the majority of votes from the members present.
If one candidate was proposed for President, he is considered elected if he receives more than a half votes of the members present.

President of the Assembly presides over the Assembly, manages the work of the Assembly, proposes decisions and acts and signs the record of the meeting of the Assembly.

Mandate of Assembly President

Article 29


The mandate of the President of the Assembly is four years.

  1. The Presidency of the Association

Composition and work method of the Presidency

Article 29a

The Presidency is consisted of five members.

President of Presidency and Deputy President of Presidency are elected by the Presidency among members of the Presidency.
The President of Presidency initiates sessions of the Presidency chairs the sessions and in case of their absence or inability, sessions are initiated by the Vice President.
The Presidency makes decisions by majority vote

Work method of the Presidency is determined by the Rules of Procedures

Members’ election of the Presidency

Article 30

Members of the Presidency are elected by the Assembly.
The status of candidate for member of Presidency is acquired by a member of the Association proposed by the majority of Management Board members or 20 members of the Association with their signature.
Five candidates who have the majority of votes of the members present are elected for the Presidency of the Association.
If one or two candidates for members of Presidency get the same number of votes, for those candidates the election is repeated until all the members get elected for the Presidency.

The mandate of the Presidency

Article 31

The mandate of the Presidency of the Association is four years.

The authority of the Presidency

Article 32

Presidency of the Association:

  1. Represents the Association;
  2. Votes for member of the Presidency who represents Associations and who is a legal representative of the Association
    3. Is responsible for achieving of the Association objectives;
    4. Decides about organization of the Regular and Election Assembly;
    5. Coordinates the work of the Association organs;
    6. Is able to authorize the President of the Board or the President of the Supervisory board of the Association to the full extent or for a particular type of legal or financial affairs;
  3. May transfer authorities for management and governance of the Association’s administrative office to the Expert for Strategic development
  4. Nominates the Presidents of the organs;
  5. Proposes assignment and granting of awards;
    10.Manages the work of the Administrative Office of the Association together with the Management board;
    11. Participates in the work of the Management board and other organs and bodies;
    12. Adopts Regulation about systematization of job classification and internal organization of the Administrative Office of the Association;
    13. Performs other activities of interest of the Association and the work of organs.

The function cessation

Article 33

The function of Presidency member may ceases by resignation, expiration of mandate, demission, dismissal or exclusion.

Dismissal of a member of the Presidency

Article 34

The procedure for the dismissal of the Presidency member can be run by ten percent of members of the association by their signature or the Management Board by a majority of all members of the Board.
The Assembly may decide on dismissal of a member of Presidency by a majority of present members of the Assembly.

  1. Management board

Article 35

  1. Management Board is consisted of 19 elected members of the Association
  2. Members of the Management Board elect at the first session the President and 2 Vice Presidents of the Management Board on the proposal of the Presidency
    3. If proposal of the Presidency does not get sufficient votes, the members of the Management board elect the President and Vice Presidents of the Management board by a majority of 2/3.
  3. Members of the Management Board cannot be member of the Presidency, President of the Assembly and the President and member of Supervisory Board and Program Council. President initiates sessions of the Management Board in line with needs at least once in six months. In case of absence or inability, sessions are initiated by the Vice President of the Management Board.

        The mandate of the members and President of the Management Board

Article 36

The mandate of the Management board members is four years.
The mandate of the President of the management Board is four years.
If the Management board member is unjustifiably absent from three consecutive sessions, the President of the member of the Management board may propose the dismissal of the Management board member to Ethics Council.

                               Work method of Management board

                                                   Article 37


Work method of the Management board is determined by the Rules of Procedure.

 Members’ election of the Management board

Article 38

The Assembly elects the members of the Management board.
The status of candidate for a member of the Management board is acquired by any member of the Association proposed by five present members of the Assembly and five members of the Association with their signature.
If the proposed number of members that are chosen is greater, than the elected ones are those who have received the most votes, up to a stipulated number of members of the Board.

                                  

Function cessation of the members and the President of the Management Board 

Article 39

The function of members and president of the Management board ceases by withdrawal, expiration of mandate, resignation, dismissal or exclusion.

Powers of the Management Board

Article 40

Management board:
1. Keeps records of membership and types of organization;
2. Proposes amendments to the Statute to the Assembly and other acts provided by the Assembly;
3. Executes the policies and decisions of the Assembly;
4. Proposes the convening of the Assembly;
5. Confirms the decision of establishment of the Department;
6. Proposes an annual program of the Association;
7. Makes decisions on the allocation of awards, on the proposal of the Presidency;
8. Makes decisions about the use of membership fees and the disposal of the assets of the Association;
9. Submits a report on its work to the Assembly;
10. Provides rules of procedures;
11. Performs other activities of interest of the Association.
12. Adopts provisional annual financial report to the Assembly's decisions
13. Suggests amount of dues and make a temporary decision about increasing the membership fee to the decision of the Assembly;
14. Together with the Presidency manages the administrative office of the Association;
15. Proposes exclusion of a member from the Association;
16. Makes decisions about cooperation with other associations and NGOs; and
17. Decides about other issues of importance for a regular functioning of the Association.

  1. Supervisory Board

    Article 41

    The Supervisory Board monitors the financial and material operations of the Association and the implementation of decisions of the Association.
    The supervisory board takes care about the legal use of funds of the Association and takes measures against negligence and negligent performance in the Association.
    The Supervisory Board proposes the exclusion of a member of the Association.
    Organs of the Association shall at the request of the Supervisory Board provide necessary data and information in order to improve the powers of the Supervisory Board.
    The Supervisory Board delivered report of the work to do Assembly of the Association.

Structure of the Supervisory board

Article 42


The Supervisory Board is consisted of the president and four members.
The Supervisory Board makes decisions by majority vote.
Member of the Supervisory Board can not be at the same time a member of the Management Board.
Supervisory board members elected President at the first session, on the proposal of the Presidency.
If the proposal of the Presidency of the Association doesn’t receives a majority vote, members of the Supervisory board elected 2/3 majority vote of the President of the Supervisory board.

   

The mandate of the members and President of Supervisory Board

Article 43

The mandate of the members and President of Supervisory board is four years.

Election of the members of the Supervisory board

Article 44

The Assembly elects the members of the Supervisory Board.
A member that acquires the status of a candidate member of the board of the Association is proposed by the five present members of the Assembly and five members of the Association with their signature.
If the proposed number of those who are chosen is greater, the elected ones are those who received the most votes, up to a stipulated number of the Supervisory Board.

 Function cessation of the members and President of the Supervisory board

Article 45

The function of members and Supervisory board cease withdrawal, expiration of mandate, resignation, dismissal or exclusion.

  1. Program Council

    Article 46

    Program Council is the expert body of the Association.

    Programme Council:


- Approves the annual work plan;
- Approves the plan of the publishing activities of the Association,
- Performs the function of the editorial board of Prosecutorial words;
- Elects a redactor for Prosecutorial words and website;
- Makes a schedule of participation of members in professional,  scientific, research, educational and publishing activities of the Association;
- Forms expert teams or working groups for specific technical issues relevant to the work of the Association;
- Develops an annual work report.

     Structure of the Program Council

 Article 47

The Program Council is consisted of the President and maximum 8 members, out of whom at least half are members of the Association.
President and members of the Program Council are elected by the Management Board on the proposal of the Presidency.
If the proposal of the Presidency of the Association is not supported by the majority of member votes, President and members of the Program Council are elected by the 2/3 of the Management board.

The mandate of the President and the members of the Program Council

Article 48

The mandate of the President and the members of the Programme Council is four years.


6. Ethics council

Article 49

Develops the Rules of Procedure of the Ethics Council.
Makes the decision to exclude a member from the Association on the proposal of the Management board, Supervisory board or fifty members of the Association.
Makes decision to suspend a member of the Association who is in the process of exclusion or who is terminated from the function of public prosecution office.
Decisions of the Ethics Council may be published in the journal of the Association “Prosecutorial word" and on the Web site of the Association.

  Structure

Article 50

Ethics Council is consisted of the President and four members.
President of the Ethics Council is elected by their members, on the proposal of the Presidency.
If the proposal of the Presidency of the Association doesn’t receive a majority vote, members of the Ethic council elect the President of the Ethic council by a majority vote of 2/3 of the members present.

The mandate of the members and President of the Ethics Council

Article 51


The mandate of the president of the Ethics Council is four years.

Members’ election of the Ethics Council

Article 52

The Assembly elects the members of the Ethics Council.

A member that acquires the status of a candidate member of the Ethics Council of the Association is proposed by the five present members of the Assembly and five members of the Association with their signature.
If the proposed number of those who are chosen is greater, the elected are those who receive the most votes, up to a stipulated number of the Ethic Council.

Function cessation of the members and President of the Ethic Council

Article 53

The function of the members and President Ethic Council cease withdrawal, expiration of mandate, resignation, dismissal or exclusion.

V MATERIAL RESOURCES OF THE ASSOCIATION


Funds raising

                                                 

Article 54



To carry out the goals and objectives established by the Statute, the Association provides funds from:
- membership fees;
- voluntary contributions, gifts, donations and assistance from other organizations and associations;
- and other sources.
Funding of the Association must not violate the autonomy, independence and reputation of prosecutors.

Administrative Office

Article 55

Administrative, technical, financial, organizational and other professional services for the Association are provided by administrative office of the Association.
Job classification and internal organization is regulated by the arrangement of the job classification and internal organization, adopted by the Presidency and approved by the Management board.

A person responsible for the proper implementation of financial order and accuracy of reports on financial transactions is appointed to the regulation of job classification and internal organization.

VI TERMINATION OF ASSOCIATION

Article 56

The Election Assembly makes a decision to dissolve the Association by ¾ majorities of the members of the Assembly.
In the event the Association is terminated, its property will be transferred to the Association of Judges Serbia.

VII TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS

Article 57

Association of the Public prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors registered according to the Law on Associations (Official Gazzette RS 51/09) continues to work as Association of the Public prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors registered in 2001 (212-1-346/01).

Article 58

The Statute will enter into force at day of its adoption, and will be applicable from the day of registration at the competent administrative authority.

Statute adopted on February 19th  2011 is not applicable from the day of enter into the force of this Statute.

Article 59

Amendments to the Statute will enter into force upon its adoption on December 7th 2018.

 

President of the Assembly of the Association of Public Prosecutors and Deputy Public Prosecutors

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MEDEL statement on the recent developments in the judiciary of the Republic of Serbia MEDEL statement on the recent developments in the judiciary of the Republic of Serbia Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL) has been following the recent developments in the judiciary... More detail
MEDEL statement on the European Court of Justice decision and opinion about the independence of the judiciary MEDEL statement on the European Court of Justice decision and opinion about the independence of the judiciary  MEDEL welcomes the ECJ verdict delivered on 24 June 2019  (C-619/18) – the first in a series of “rule of law” rulings regarding Poland. The... More detail
Next Conference and Council of administration of MEDEL Next Conference and Council of administration of MEDEL On Saturday, June 22nd 2019, MEDEL will hold its next Council of Administration in Prague, Czech Republic. More detail
UTSProsecutors association of Serbia is a guild type, non government organization, with a goal of affirmation and patronage of prosecutor’s position and reputation, gaining full legal stability, autonomy and public prosecutor’s independence. Prosecutor association of Serbia encloses both prosecutors and deputy prosecutors of Serbia.

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