State of emergency lifted in Serbia: how to calculate deadlines in IP matters

Serbia
  • Serbia lifted the state of emergency on 6 May 2020
  • All deadlines in pending administrative and court proceedings were suspended during the state of emergency
  • Deadlines in administrative proceedings which fell during the state of emergency will expire on 5 June 2020

 

On 6 May 2020 Serbia lifted its state of emergency, which had been imposed on 15 March 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic. During the state of emergency, all deadlines in pending administrative and court proceedings were suspended. This is now no longer the case.

With regard to administrative proceedings, deadlines which fell during the state of emergency (which were automatically suspended) will expire on 5 June 2020 - that is, 30 days following the lifting of the state of emergency.

For notifications/decisions which were served during the state of emergency (between 15 March and 6 May 2020), non-extendable deadlines (eg, the deadline to establish a customs watch after an ex officio customs seizure) will not run from the actual date of service, but from 21 May 2020 - that is, 15 days following the lifting of the state of emergency. Extendable deadlines, such as the deadline to respond to an office action, will expire either on 5 June 2020 (if they fell between 15 March and 6 May 2020) or on the actual deadline date (if they fell after 6 May 2020).

In court proceedings (both civil and administrative), deadlines which were suspended during the state of emergency now continue to run after the lifting of the state of emergency on 6 May 2020. This is for example the case for deadlines to file an administrative lawsuit.

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