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The Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka

Lawyer’s profession in the Republic of Srpska is an independent professional activity, which is organized and functions in accordance with the Law on Lawyer’s Profession of the Republic of Srpska ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Srpska" no. 30/07 and 59/08).osnia and Herzegovina

The Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska is an independent, self-governing organization with mandatory membership of lawyers who have their headquarters offices of all forms of organization of lawyer’s activities (lawyer, joint law firm and law association) in the Republic of Srpska.

The bodies of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska are:

1. The Assembly of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska, which is delegatory.
2. The President of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska, who represents the Bar.
3. The Executive Board of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska is an executive and administrative body of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska. The Executive Board of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska consists of 11 members.
4. The disciplinary bodies of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska are disciplinary prosecutor, who has 6 deputies, and the Disciplinary Court (first instance and appellate).
5. The Commission for the control of financial and material operations of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska controls material and financial operations and reports of periodic and annual reports on the business.

History

Events from 1992 were reflected in lawyer’s profession in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a way that two entity Bar Associations were formed, the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska and the Bar Association and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Namely, the lawyers who had the seat of the law office on the territory of one entity constituted the bar association of the entity.

The Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska was constituted and organized as a unique association of lawyers under the Law on Lawyer’s Profession of the Republic of Srpska, which entered into force on November 17, 1992. That law contains norms that are consistent with and reflect the highest European and international standards on freedom to exercise lawyer’s profession and lawyer’s profession itself. Organizationally and abiding by the standards has given results; The Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska is a full collective member of the International Union of Lawyers from February 1, 2003, and from November 28, 2009 also a member of the Council of the Bar Associations and Law Societies of Europe (Council of the Bars and Law Sociétés of the European Union - CCBE).

The Bar Association of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina was received in the CCBE on an equal footing with the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska.

The headquarters of the Bar Association of the Republic of Srpska is in Banja Luka.

Relationships between lawyers and courts, administrative and other state bodies are based on respecting law, legal culture and legal profession. A lawyer is obliged to respect authority and reputation of the court and other bodies before which he/she represents his/her client, and to represent the client in a correct manner, preserving at the same time his/her independence, personal reputation and independence of lawyer's profession. A lawyer must neither use unprofessional means and indecently influence the course of a procedure and decision making, nor misuse his/her authorizations. A lawyer has the duty to defend interests of his/her client bravely and honourably with allowed means regardless of his/her personal interests or consequences, to resist any violation of legality, violation of dignity and basic human rights of his/her client, and to warn the client to use conscientiously the rights that belong to her/him in the procedure.

Banja Luka is the second largest city in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the capital Sarajevo and is the largest city of the Republika Srpska entity. Traditionally, it has been the center of the Bosanska Krajina region, located in the northwestern part of the country. It is home of the University of Banja Luka, as well as numerous state and entity institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city lies on the River Vrbas and is well known in the countries of the former Yugoslavia for being full of tree-lined avenues, boulevards, gardens, and parks. According to the 2013 census the Settlement of Banja Luka has 150,997 inhabitants, while the City of Banja Luka, which represents Banja Luka's wider area (municipality), has 199,191 inhabitants.

Banja Luka plays an important role on different levels of Bosnia and Herzegovina's government structures. Banja Luka is the centre of the government for the Municipality of Banja Luka.

A number of entity and state institutions are seated in the city. The Republika Srpska Government and the National Assembly are based in Banja Luka. The Bosnia and Herzegovina State Agencies based in the city include the Indirect Taxation (VAT) Authority, the Deposit Insurance Agency as well as a branch of the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina (formerly the National Bank of Republika Srpska).

Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Serbia, the United Kingdom and the United States maintain diplomatic representation through consulates-general in Banja Luka.

The name "Banja Luka" was first mentioned in a document dated 6 February 1494, by Vladislav II. The name is interpreted as "Ban's meadow", from the words ban ("a medieval dignitary"), and luka ("a valley" or "a meadow"). The identity of the ban and the meadow in question remain uncertain, and popular etymology combines the modern words banja ("bath" or "spa"), or bajna ("marvelous") and luka ("port"). A different interpretation is suggested by the Hungarian name "Lukácsbánya", i.e. "Luke's Mine", which is also the meaning of Slovak "Banja Luka". In modern usage, the name is pronounced and usually declined (u Banjaluci) as one word, and often written as such; the citizens reportedly prefer the more correct form with inflected adjective (u Banjoj Luci).

 

 
*Disclaimer: Attorney-at-law Alma Prnjavorac & Attorney at law Azur Prnjavorac, provides the information in this web site for informational purposes only. The information does not constitute legal advice.