THE PRESIDENT of the Supreme Court will probably not become a member of the Judicial Council automatically, based on an amending proposal to the joint constitutional amendment that parliament is currently debating, tabled by the head of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Ján Figeľ.

The constitutional amendment jointly endorsed by the ruling Smer party and the KDH, which introduces both a traditional definition of marriage in the constitution and the reform of the judiciary, has counted on the Supreme Court president automatically being the 18th member of the council after the president, the cabinet and the parliament pick three members each and the judges elect eight members from among themselves.

Currently, the Supreme Court president automatically becomes a council chair.

In his amending proposal, Figeľ proposes that judges elect nine members.

Parliament has been debating the constitutional amendment for two days now and is expected to vote on it today, June 4, at 5 pm at the earliest.

Source: TASR

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