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Via Iuris: 30 percent of new judges linked to current judges or court officials
23 Jul 2014 Flash News
VIA IURIS judicial watchdog conducted a monitoring and analysis exercise last year in which it found that as many as 30 percent of newly-appointed judges have close family ties with incumbent judges or court employees.
The organisation is convinced that systemic changes in the selection of new judges could prevent nepotism. Justice Minister Tomáš Borec could contribute to this easily and quickly enough by appointing non-judges as members of commissions in charge of selecting new judges, the TASR newswire quoted from the organisation’s press release.
Via Iuris “ignores the recent ruling of the Constitutional Court which deemed part of the rules for tenders adopted in 2011 unconstitutional,” Justice Ministry spokeswoman Alexandra Donevová said. “It would not be good to apply these rules; and thus no change of candidates for members of selection committees would be appropriate.”
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