Besides professional judges, court panels consist of jurors representing the citizens by participating in the court cases.
Jurors can be nominated from among adult citizens of the Republic of Serbia, who are worthy of the position of a juror, and at the time of nomination these candidates shall not be older than seventy. The following is considered when nominating: gender, age, occupation and social position of candidates, knowledge, professional skills and interests for certain case matters.
Jurors in family law cases are appointed from among professionals who have experience working with children and young people, while in criminal cases against minors, jurors are appointed from among teachers, professors, as well as other professionals who have experience working with children and young people.
Jurors are appointed by the High Judicial Council, upon the suggestion of the minister of justice. Before proposing the candidates, the minister obtains the opinion from the court where jurors will be appointed.
Juror is appointed for the period of five years and can be re-appointed.
Jurors are always appointed for a certain court, and the High Judicial Council issues the decision determining the number of jurors in all courts.
Lawyers can not be jurors, nor can they provide services and professional advising for compensation; also, jurors can not be persons engaged in services, jobs or procedures that contradict dignity and independence of judges or are damaging for the reputation of the court.
Records about jurors and data necessary for keeping personal records are located in the court administration department.
Jurors are entitled to reimbursement of expenses while on duty, reimbursement for lost income and right to reward. Conditions and amount of reimbursement are prescribed by the High Judicial Council.
Court president shall suspend a juror in case a criminal case is initiated against him/her, and this judge can be removed from the case, or can be suspended until the conclusion of the criminal case.
Function of a juror does not cease due to the retirement, but in case the court is closed, or by removal from the duty or expiration of the mandate. The process for establishing reasons for termination of duty of a juror is initiated by court president, president of higher instance court, president of the Supreme Court of Cassation and minister of justice. This proccess is managed and the deision is made by the High Judicial Council.
Starting from May 23, 2008, Serbian Jurors Association was founded, with the goal to point out the role, function and position of jurors in Serbian judicial system and in general. For further information about this association visit www.drustvosudijaporotnikasrbije.rs
Court of Appeal in Belgrade has fifteen jurors, and on February 2, 2010 they gave an oath before acting court president Radmila Dragicevic Dicic.
The following jurors have been appointed in the Court of Appeal in Belgrade:
1. Babic Nikola, 1957, Belgrade, pensioner, University degree;
2. Boskovic Aleksandar, 1968, Kraljevo, unemployed, Associate degree;
3. Gavrilovic Ljiljana, 1954, Belgrade, unemployed, University degree;
4. Djordjevic Marija, 1981, New Belgrade, unemployed, University degree;
5. Zlatkovic Zlata, 1958, Belgrade, employed, University degree;
6. Ivkovic Krsto, 1946, Belgrade, unemployed, Associate degree;
7. Jovanovic Vladimir, 1946, Belgrade, pensioner, University degree;
8. Kostic Nenad, 1941, Zemun, pensioner, high school degree;
9. Kostic Cimerman Vesna, 1968, Belgrade, unemployed, high school degree;
10. Kujovic Jelena, 1976, Padinska Skela, unemployed, high school degree;
11. Milacic Bajic Mirjana, 1945, employed, University degree;
12. Milic Stanimir, 1948, Zemun, unemployed, Associate degree;
13. MIhajlovic Andjelka, 1950, Batajnica, employed, University degree;
14. Pajic Lukacev Marija, 1978, Boljevac, employed, University degree;
15. Ristic Vesna, 1965, Belgrade, unemployed, University degree.