Rules of the Slovenian Association of judges

The Rules were amended and adopted by an extraordinary general assembly in the consolidated text at an extraordinary general assembly of the Slovenian Association of Judges on 6th December 2013 and on the same day also entered into force.

 

I. GENERAL PROVISIONS

Article 1

 

The Slovenian association of Judges (hereinafter association), founded in April 1971, shall be a national professional association of Slovenian judges.

 

The Association has its headquarters in Ljubljana.

 

Article 2

 

The association shall be a voluntary, non-political and non-profit organisation and shall operate in the public interest.

 

The Association shall act on the basis of the Rules and in accordance with the regulations on associations.

 

Article 3

 

The work of the association shall be public.

 

II. AIMS AND TASKS OF THE SOCIETY

Article 4

 

The aims and tasks of the association shall be in particular:

  • strengthening and protecting the independence, impartiality and sovereignty of judges in the exercise of the judicial function;
  • protecting the reputation, professional and other interests of its members;
  • protection of human rights;
  • the development of democracy;
  • commitment to respecting the values of law, fundamental human rights and freedoms and achieving a higher level of democratic legal culture;
  • provision of all-round professional training;
  • developing collegial and friendly relations among colleagues;
  • cooperating and integration with other organisations of judges and lawyers at home and abroad;
  • membership of such organisations at home and abroad.

 

Article 5

 

The association shall achieve its purposes by:

  • the activity of members, its official bodies and working bodies, each within the context of their competence’s and authorities;
  • adopting positions on individual questions in connection with the aims and tasks of the association, publicising such positions and making initiatives and proposals;
  • organising lectures and professional meetings;
  • publishing and collaborating in publications dealing with the tasks and position of the judiciary;
  • acquainting members of resolutions and positions of organisations within the state and abroad, of which the Slovenian association of Judges is a member;
  • by integrating into international and national projects.

 

The association shall perform the following activities:

  • J58.110 book publishing;
  • J58.130 publishing of newspapers;
  • J58.140 publishing of journals and periodicals;
  • J58.190 other publishing;
  • M69.103 other legal activities;
  • M72.200 research and development activities in the field of social sciences and humanities;
  • P85.590 other unclassified education, improvement training and education;
  • S94.120 activities of professional organizations.

 

III. MEMBERSHIP

Article 6

 

Members of the Association may be:
a) judges who complete and sign a declaration of entry into membership of the association and
b) retired judges who sign a declaration on the continuation of membership or entry into membership of the association.

 

Article 7

 

The rights of members of the association shall be in particular:

  • to elect and be elected to all official bodies of the association;
  • to cooperate in the work of the official bodies and working bodies of the association;
  • to be acquainted with the activity of the association and with resolutions and other decisions of its official and working bodies.

 

The duties of a member of the association shall be:

  • safeguarding the independence and impartiality of the judge and the judiciary;
  • respect for the Rules of the association and the Code of Judicial Ethics;
  • to abide by decisions adopted by official and working bodies of association;
  • to safeguard the reputation of association;
  • to pay the membership fee regularly.

 

Article 8

 

Membership of the association shall cease:

  • with resignation;
  • with the cessation of the judicial function except in the case referred to in point b) under Article 6 of the Rules;
  • with exclusion.

 

A member shall resign from the association by informing the secretary's office in writing.

 

Article 9

 

A member may be excluded from membership:

  • who does not pay the membership fee for six months in succession, without good reason;
  • who behaves in conflict with the Rules of association and thus damages the reputation of the association.

 

Article 10

 

Any citizen of the Republic of Slovenia or foreign citizen who has made an important contribution to the development of the Slovene judiciary or the association may be appointed as an honorary member.

 

An honorary award may be made to a member for successfully performing tasks in connection with the functioning of the association for many years.

 

IV.ORGANISATION OF THE ASSOCIATION, METHOD ELECTING OFFICIAL BODIES OF THE ASSOCIATION AND THEIR TERM OF OFFICE

Article 11

 

The tasks of the association shall be carried out by members and official bodies of association and sections.

 

The official bodies of the Association shall be:

  • general assembly
  • main committee
  • president of the association
  • executive committee
  • secretary general of the association
  • supervisory committee, and
  • council for judicial ethics.

 

The term of office of the President of the association and members of the main committee, executive committee, supervisory committee, council for judicial ethics and secretary general of the association shall be four years.

 

The main committee may establish commissions and sections by individual professional and other interest fields of their members, for the implementation of individual tasks.

 

The main committee may establish for the implementation of individual short-term tasks working bodies.

 

Members can participate in several sections, in particular: civil, commercial, criminal, juvenile criminal, investigatory, labour and social, administrative, misdemeanors (violations), sports and section of retired judges.

 

Section is led by its chairman, who shall also determine the manner of section's work.


Standing orders on the work of official bodies of the association, except the general assembly, shall be adopted by the main committee.

 

Article 12

 

The highest body of association shall be the general assembly, which shall consist of all members.

 

The general assembly shall decide on fundamental questions of association and in particular it shall:

  • adopt the Rules of association and amendments to them;
  • adopt a code of judicial ethics;
  • adopt standing orders of the general assembly, and amendments to them;
  • adopt Rules on honorary membership and on the granting of honorary awards;
  • elect and dismiss members of the main committee, the president of association and members of the supervisory committee and council for judicial ethics:
  • make resolutions on reports of the bodies of association;
  • adopt the basic program guidelines of association for the period until the next regular meeting;
  • adopt financial plans, final accounts and annual report of the association;
  • decide on termination of association;
  • decide on appeals against resolutions and decisions of the main committee;
  • decide on membership of organisations of lawyers at home and abroad;
  • decide on other questions in connection with the functioning of association, if it decides to discuss them.

 

Article 13

 

The main committee shall call a regular general assembly every two years, at least 15 days before the assembly with a statement of the place, time and agenda of the assembly, in such a way that all members of association are informed about it.

 

The main committee shall call an extraordinary general assembly on its own initiative, at the demand of the executive committee or on the written demand of at least a quarter of
members.

 

Exceptionally, the General Assembly shall meet at the correspondence session, where for the call and decision-making the same rules as for reference and decision-making at the regular meeting shall apply.

 

At the correspondence session can not be decided on the election and dismissal of members of the Association.

 

Article 14

 

A general assembly shall be quorate if at the time for which it was called at least quarter of the members are present, and after a half-hour postponement, irrespective of the number of the members.

 

A general assembly shall adopt decisions by a majority of votes of members present.

 

In order to adopt a decision on termination of association, at least half of the members of association must be present, and at least two thirds of those present must vote in favour.

 

A general assembly shall normally decide by open voting, but may also decide hold a secret ballot.

 

Article 15

 

The main committee shall consist of the president of association and elected members.

 

Members of association shall propose:

  • from the territories of individual district courts shall propose one candidate for each starting 40 members of association,
  • judges of labour and social courts 2 candidates,
  • judges of each of the high courts, High labour and social court, Administrative court of the RS one candidate each of them,
  • judges of the Supreme Court of the RS one candidate,
  • retired judges 2 candidates.

 

Irrespective of the provision of the first sentence, judges of local courts from the territory of an individual higher court shall each propose one candidate from among local judges-members.

 

The main committee shall in particular perform the following tasks:

  • adopt guidelines and positions for realising the aims and tasks of association referred to in Article 4 of the Rules and organise forms of work for implementing the tasks of the association and realising the program of the association;
  • discuss proposals and adopt positions at the request of members in cases when their independence in exercising the judicial function is threatened or their rights and reputation are otherwise affected;
  • adopt standing orders about their work;
  • adopt a program of work for the current term of office on the proposal of the president of association;
  • provide compulsory interpretations of the Rules of the Association;
  • decide on the exclusion of a member of the Association;
  • decide on the level of membership fee.

 

The main committee shall meet at least three times a year. The calling of a session of the main committee shall be mandatory at the written request of a quarter of the members of the main committee.

 

Article 16

 

The main committee shall elect from among its own members, and dismiss, two vice-presidents and four members of an executive committee.

 

The main committee shall appoint a treasurer of Association from among the members of association.

 

Article 17

 

The president of Association shall appear on behalf of and represent the association.

 

The president of Association may be elected successively several times.

 

The president of Association shall ensure that the work of official bodies of association is done in accordance with the Rules, adopted programs and resolutions, shall call and chair sessions of the main and executive committees, and perform other tasks on the basis of resolutions of the general assembly or main committee of association.

 

Article 18

 

The executive committee of Association shall consist of the president of the association, two vice-presidents of association and four elected members of the main committee.

 

The executive committee shall implement the resolutions and decisions of the general assembly and main committee, ensure the regular implementation of the tasks of the
Association and keep membership records of Association.

 

Article 19

 

The main committee may appoint a secretary general of association from among members of association.

 

The Secretary General of association manages the work of professional service of the association, prepares materials for meetings of bodies of the association, is responsible for informing members, prepares statements for the public, prepares professional texts and coordinates the work of the members, commissions and committees of the association, coordinates the drafting of new laws and regulations, and comments or amendments to it, prepares answers to various questionnaires concerning the activity of the association, including various international organizations and associations, where the association is actively involved, co-ordinates national and international projects, run by or involving the association, and perform other tasks as directed by the president of the association, the main or the executive committee of the association.

 

Article 20

 

Carrying out the administrative business of association, may be entrusted to other persons.

 

Article 21

 

The treasurer shall concern for financial operations of Association.

 

Article 22

 

The supervisory committee shall have five members, who shall elect a president from among themselves.

 

The president of the supervisory committee shall call and chair sessions of the supervisory committee.

 

The calling of a session of the supervisory committee shall be mandatory at the written request of a third of the members of the supervisory committee.

 

The task of the supervisory committee is to supervise the material and financial business of association. The committee shall annually review the material and financial business of association about which it shall report to a regular general assembly.

 

Article 23

 

The council for judicial ethics shall have five members, who shall elect a president from among themselves.

 

The council for judicial ethics shall advise members of Association in relation to questions of judicial ethics and adopt positions on respecting the Code of Judicial Ethics.

 

V. RESOURCES OF THE ASSOCIATION

Article 24

 

The sources and financial and material resources of Association shall be: membership fees, bequests and income from events, publications and professional activities, funds from public tenders and calls for acquiring public funds.

 

 

Article 25

 

The executive committee shall compose a financial plan, which shall be approved by the main committee. After the expiry of the calendar year, it shall submit final accounts to the main committee.

 

The president, vice-presidents, treasurer of association or other authorised member of the executive committee shall make payment orders within the boundaries of the financial plan.

 

Two authorised persons shall sign payment orders.

 

Article 26

 

Any member shall have the right to inspect the financial documentation of the association.

 

VI. REPRESENTING OF ASSOCIATION

Article 27

 

The president of the Association shall represent association, and with his authority, a vice-president, member of the executive committee or secretary general of the association.

 

The association shall have a circular seal with the inscription Slovensko sodniško društvo (Slovenian Association of Judges).

 

VII. TERMINATION OF ASSOCIATION

Article 28

 

The association shall be terminated if the general assembly adopts a resolution on termination of Association.

 

The remaining assets of the association belongs to the Zveza društev pravnikov Slovenije (Association of societies of Jurists of Slovenia), Poljanski nasip 2, Ljubljana.

 

 

VIII. ENSURING PUBLICITY FOR THE WORK OF ASSOCIATION

Article 29

 

The Association shall ensure publicity for its work with publications on the Association website, in professional publications and in other media.

 

IX. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS

Article 30

 

The Slovenian Association of Judges has operated since its founding in April 1971 according to the rules of the Statute adopted at that time. This Statute was harmonised with the provisions of the Societies Act and renamed “Rules of the Slovenian Association of Judges” at the second regular general assembly on 26.6.1975.

 

Article 31

 

The Rules of the Slovenian Association of Judges, adopted at the second regular general assembly on 26.6.1975, were amended by an extraordinary general assembly on 10th June 2004.

 

Article 32

 

These amendments and supplements to the Rules entered into validity on 6th December 2013, when they were adopted by an extraordinary general assembly in the consolidated text.

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