ELEVEN judges of the Constitutional Court have been divided into three senates that deal with the ongoing cases. This stems from the amendment to the work schedule passed by the plenum on July 14.

The situation at the court changed, after the president decided to appoint only one of six candidates whom the parliament nominated for three empty posts.

“Changes to the work schedule had to be done due to the end of 12-year tenure of three Constitutional Court Justices Ján Auxt, Juraj Horváth and Ján Luby on July 4, 2014, and the appointment of new Constitutional Court Justice Jana Baricová by President Andrej Kiska on July 10, 2014 for following 12 years,” reads the press release, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

Horváth died on July 8 in the age of 67.

The first senate consists of three judges, while the remaining two have four members. Baricová is member of the third senate, together with Constitutional Court President Ivetta Macejková.

The court’s plenum also decided on July 14 that one-third of unfinished cases from the trio of former justices will go to Baricová. The rest will be divided among other judges, with Macejková receiving one-fifth of the remaining part, SITA wrote.

Kiska said on July 2 that of six nominees for three Constitutional Court positions he will appoint only Baricová. The rest are not capable of holding the post, the president said. Moreover, they showed no permanent interest in constitutional judiciary and constitutional law, he added.

Kiska therefore asked the parliament to elect four new nominees from whom he will appoint remaining two justices, SITA wrote.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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