The National Council of the Slovak Republic has passed the civil procedure code. Coming into effect on 1 July 2016, the amendment introduces new provisions regulating disputes between parties with an unequal bargaining position, with certain measures being introduced which are intended to provide greater protection for the weaker party (employees) in individual labour disputes. The amendments include greater representation of employees by trade unions, a broader duty of the courts to instruct employees about their procedural rights and obligations and a discretionary right for courts to consider evidence not put forward by the parties if the court deems it necessary for the adjudication of the dispute. Moreover, the amendment provides that only one court in each region will have jurisdiction to hear individual labour disputes.