The Constitutional-Legal Committee of the parliament approved the candidacy of three nominees for the justices of the Slovak Constitutional Court (CC). University lecturer and former constitutional justice Ján Drgonec, lawyer Pavol Malich and judge Juraj Sopoliga will vie for the positions.

Beginning April, the parliament elected five candidates out of six nominees; and president will choose three justices from among them, the SITA newswire wrote.

Drgonec, proposed by the Dean of the Law Faculty at the Pan-European University Bratislava Jaroslav Ivor, ran also in the April election, but failed. Drgonec commented that in April, expertise was not the top priority of the selection, and so he tried his luck again.

Malich who was proposed by Chrisstian-Democratic Movement chairperson Ján Figeľ, has been working in the legal sphere for 28 years and wants to apply his long experience as judge and lawyer. He opines that to abolish procrastinations in court trials, either the system must be changed, or the number of judges increased.

Sopoliga, nominated by the chair of the Association of Judges of Slovakia
Dana Bystrianska, refused to comment of the relations between the Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin and the chairperson of the Constitutional Court Ivetta Macejková, as none of them was present at the committee session.

On April 3, MPs in a secret ballot elected for CC justices Imrich Volkai, Jana Baricová, Ján Bernát, Miroslav Duriš and Eva Fulcová, according to SITA. The term of three CC justices: Ján Auxt, Juraj Horváth and Ján Luby will expire July 4.

(Source: SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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