With the arrival of the new year, several legal novelties have come into force in Croatia. The most important of which, is the new Law on Oil And the Oil Derivatives Market, that stipulates that the price of fuel will now be defined by the market instead of the state. With amendments to the Consumer Credit Act, obligations for citizens who have credit denominated in Swiss francs have been decreased. The new Social Security Act has decreased preferred pensions which are over HRK 5.000,00 by 10 %. The Court Tariffs Act has been amended to provide defendants with the right to respond to a claim without being obliged to pay the court tariff. The same right has also been granted to workers involved in disputes concerning pre-bankruptcy proceedings as well as unions and their representatives. The new Free Legal Aid Act has simplified the procedure for a wider range of users to receive free legal advice.