Today’s Erasmus highlight was a visit to the Supreme Court of Croatia guided by my gracious host  Marino Jureković (and in the ever helpful and informative company of Dragutin Nemeć Periodicals Librarian for Law. Croatia has a fascinating multilayered, multilingual legal past which has seen kingdoms, empires, dictatorships, and revolutions come and go. The guardian of this mass of information is the remarkable polymath Marino Jureković who acts as librarian researcher and court official – to the Judges and advisors of the supreme court – a real one-man show.

Dragutin and Marino

The beginnings of the library date back to the second half of the nineteenth century when significant changes were taking place in Croatian political life and the Croatian judiciary was beginning to achieve a high level of independence.  A high court was founded in Zagreb in 1850 – the so-called Banski stol – and in 1862 a Royal Chamber of Seven was founded as the supreme tribunal of the Kingdom of Croatia, Slavonia, and Dalmatia…and it had a considerable library to support its research needs. This library has continued to be developed to this day under Marino’s guidance. Marinoćs knowledge of the materials in his library and of the court is said to be such that =he can do google searches in his head to find most answers”

The library is officially listed as a “special library”, meaning that it is of particular importance to the profession it serves. It contains 25,000 individual books and periodicals. As a professional reference library it is primarily designed for justices and court advisors of the Supreme Court, other lawyers may use it upon by asking permission from to the President’s office.

Above, working knowledge of multiple languages is a necessity for many Croatian lawyers and librarians.

Later, it was a distinct shift of mood from the austere character of the court to see this very unusual and highly recommended museum in the government quarter of the old town. The Museum of Broken Relationships’ I wonder how they catalogue items there. Photo below

 

 

 

May 22nd, 2019

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