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Electronic payment order

28/07/2008

As from 1 July 2008, the Ministry of Justice will introduce a new instrument – electronic payment order. It is aimed to facilitate work and save time for creditors and courts.

The proposal for the introduction of electronic payment order, which was approved by the Government last year, has now taken its legal form. Thus, from 1 July 2008, creditors will be able to lodge court applications for a payment order in electronic form. Similar to other steps in the process of introducing e-justice, this instrument is aimed to save time, administrative load and costs.

A creditor who wishes to collect his receivable can now complete an electronic form available on the website of the Ministry of Justice, sign it using his authorised electronic signature and send it to the competent court. The form will ensure that the applicant furnishes all substantial data and will provide information on the documents to be submitted. If the form is properly completed and the creditor pays the court fee, the judge will confirm it with his electronic signature and the payment order will be sent to the creditor.

The further procedure is identical as for the usual payment order. The defendant may lodge a protest within 15 days of receipt of the electronic payment order, in which case the court will annul the electronic payment order.

Payment order in paper form will continue to exist in addition to electronic payment order; however, creditors will be financially motivated to use the electronic form – the court fees will be only half of those for an order in paper form.