Recommendations of the Ministry of Justice
Recommendation: All trials for which there are legal conditions, to continue with increased level of precaution
Following the recommendations of the Ministry of Justice and in order to offer better protection for parties in procedures, the Ministry of Justice recommends continuation of the court proceedings with increased level of precaution
All proceedings for which there are legal conditions should continue. Those proceedings for which there is great public interest to continue with reduced physical presence of the public; the latter must be enabled with alternative method for following the proceeding beyond physical presence.
It is hereby recommended to use the premises with physical separation of participants in proceedings and the public, as well as using other methods for information, such as video broadcasting, etc.
Also, we expect the courts and the public prosecution to comply with all remaining measures which were so far recommended by the Ministry of Health and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia.
The use of the Rulebook for working hours of the notary offices (Official Gazette of the Republic of North Macedonia No. 226/16 and 165/17) is hereby suspended. The notary offices are obligated to organize their work hours in pursuance with the needs of the citizens and the legal entities and their staff in each of the offices, having in mind the decisions of the Government for proclaiming a crisis situation in certain areas and the Decisions for tackling the virus COVID-19.
Each of the offices is obligated to display a visible announcement on their entry for their working hours and to inform the Notary Chamber of it; the Notary Chamber will register this information on their website in the part Registry of Notaries Public, in order for the data to be readily available to all interested parties, without imposing the need for visiting the notary offices. The notary public is obligated to display a telephone number in case the citizens have urgent need of notary service.
The notary public is obligated to disable access in the office for several clients at the same time. If the case involves several parties, the notary public is obligated to secure distance of 2 meters between them and to provide them with separate pen for signing in order to prevent direct contacts between the participants.
The notary public is obligated to provide hand disinfectants for the parties, as well as for the pens that are used in the office.
The notary public offices are obligated to comply with these measures and to follow information and recommendations of the Government regarding the protection and prevention of COVID-19, especially having in mind the severe situation with the pandemics and the social responsibility of each individual and institution, public authorities and like, in order to exercise these authorizations without violating the social life and needs of the citizens and the business community.
At the same time, we hereby inform the public that the Chamber of Enforcement Agents, acting upon the recommendations of the Government and the Ministry of Health, last week adopted several measures for secure enforcement services which can be found here.