JUDICIAL councils at Slovak courts can now comment on the working material on the principles of judicial ethics prepared by the Slovak Judges Association, the Slovak Judicial Council decided on January 27, as reported by the TASR newswire.

The working material, which outlines international standards for judicial principles and ethics, was presented today by the Slovak Judges Association chair, Dana Bystrianska.

"I am a supporter of the opinion that ethics does not fall within the legal system," said Bystrianska, adding that the judiciary in Slovakia is plagued by completely different problems. "I also believe that the current legislation provides enough scope to deal with many things," said Bystrianska.

Several members of the Judicial Council stood up against the new ethical code for judges.

"In its future application we can at best get into a tragicomic situation, at worst it can become a convenient tool for abuse," said Eduard Barány.

"The material is based on the international standards of professional ethics," said Zuzana Čaputová from Via Iuris, and NGO that stresses the need for an ethical code for judges, told TASR. "For example, it would be appropriate to focus on independence and the freedom of expression, and also on relevant extrajudicial activities."

Source: TASR

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports
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