The Development of Legal Protection of the Citizens through Appeal in Administrative Dispute in Croatia
The aim of the paper is to emphasize the significance and legal regulation of the institute of appeal in administrative dispute in Croatia by applying the historical-legal method and a normative analysis of the regulations from 1874 to 1991. Along with the possibility of an appeal, the organisational structure of the bodies responsible for administrative disputes is also disputable. Therefore, the organisation and structure of the courts competent for administrative disputes has been analysed through each individually observed period. In the historical overview of administrative dispute particular emphasis has been placed on those periods in which an appeal was possible. The normative analysis addresses the appeal procedure, its acceptability, and the limitations to making an appeal, particularly the jurisdiction of the competent courts in the decision-making process. The purpose of the paper is to highlight the grounds for the legal norms of an appeal in administrative dispute, focussing on the specificities and exceptions observed during historical development which could be used as guidelines for further development and to increase of the efficiency of the current system used by the High Administrative Court of the Republic of Croatia to decide on appeals.