Dispute resolution—Slovenia—Q&A guide

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Dispute resolution—Slovenia—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the structure of the civil court system?
  • 2. What is the role of the judge and the jury in civil proceedings?
  • 3. What are the time limits for bringing civil claims?
  • 4. Are there any pre-action considerations the parties should take into account?
  • 5. How are civil proceedings commenced? How and when are the parties to the proceedings notified of their commencement? Do the courts have the capacity to handle their caseload?
  • 6. What is the typical procedure and timetable for a civil claim?
  • 7. Can the parties control the procedure and the timetable?
  • 8. Is there a duty to preserve documents and other evidence pending trial? Must parties share relevant documents (including those unhelpful to their case)?
  • 9. Are any documents privileged? Would advice from an in-house lawyer (whether local or foreign) also be privileged?
  • More...

Dispute resolution—Slovenia—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to dispute resolution in Slovenia published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: June 2021).

Authors: Schoenherr—Bojan Brežan ; Maks David Osojnik

1. What is the structure of the civil court system?

The civil court system in Slovenia is structured in three instances: first-instance courts, higher courts and the Supreme Court.

Jurisdiction of first-instance courts is divided between local courts and district courts. The local courts, in general, have jurisdiction in matters with the amount in dispute below €20,000, as well as in certain matters regardless of the amount in dispute, such as trespassing and lease relationships. The district courts have jurisdiction in matters with amounts in dispute of €20,000 or above, as well as in certain matters regardless of the amount in dispute, such as commercial disputes and insolvency matters.

Certain district courts have exclusive jurisdiction for specific subject matters (eg, the Ljubljana District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all intellectual property disputes). The cases before first-instance courts are generally decided by a single judge.

Appeals from first-instance courts are heard before higher courts (sitting in panels of three judges).

In certain cases, an extraordinary legal remedy – revision appeal – may be made to the Supreme Court as the final instance (eg, when a decision on the legal issue is of

Popular documents