On February 27, 2004, the Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued an opinion declaring the names of certain municipalities in Republika Srpska to be in violation of the Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the reason that the war names "are not consistent with the constitutional principle of the equality of the constituent peoples in Bosnia and Herzegovina." Afterwards, the parliament of Republika Srpska accepted new names for the municipalities. On September 22, 2004, the Court decided that the former names "be temporary replaced" with new names. The following are the former and new names of the affected municipalities:
The Law on Territorial Organization and Local Self-Government was amended in 1996 to provide that certain municipalities whose territory was now completely or partially located in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina would "temporarily stop functioning." In addition, the parts of these former municipalities that were located in Republika Srpska (if any) were incorporated into other municipalities.
The following are the former municipalities of Republika Srpska:
In 1993, the Law on the Serb City of Sarajevo during the State of War or Immediate Danger of War was adopted providing that Serb Sarajevo (later Istočno Sarajevo) consisted of the following municipalities: Centar, Hadžići, Ilidža, Ilijaš, Novo Sarajevo, Stari Grad, Rajlovac, Vogošća, and Trnovo. Centar, Hadžići, Ilijaš, Rajlovac, and Vogošća were incorporated into the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The city now consists of the following six municipalities: Srpska Ilidža (name replaced by "Kasindo" in 2004), Srpsko Novo Sarajevo (name replaced by "Lukavica" in 2004), Pale, Sokolac, Srpski Stari Grad (name replaced by "Istočni Stari Grad" in 2004), and Trnovo.