Five Constitutional Court judge candidates interviewed by Kiska advisors, one eliminated

Just five of the six candidates for positions on the Constitutional Court showed up for their scheduled interviews conducted by members of the committee set up by President Andrej Kiska, advisor Rado Baťo told the TASR newswire on June 25.

Just five of the six candidates for positions on the Constitutional Court showed up for their scheduled interviews conducted by members of the committee set up by President Andrej Kiska, advisor Rado Baťo told the TASR newswire on June 25.

Chairman of the Košice Regional Court Imrich Volkai who was nominated by dean of Košice’s P.J. Šafárik University School of Law Gabriela Dobrovičová declined Kiska’s invitation, according to TASR. No explanation was given. The five candidates who agreed were chairman of the Košice Regional Court senate Juraj Sopoliga, Supreme Court judge Jana Baricová, Nitra Regional Court judge Ján Bernát, public notary and university professor Miroslav Ďuriš and chair of Bratislava I District Court Eva Fulcová.

Volkai is away on holiday, according to information obtained by the SITA newswire.

The six original candidates were approved by parliament.

Kiska has attended interviews with all candidates in person, Baťo said. The president, for his part, didn’t want to comment on the contents of the interviews. Kiska is convinced that the Constitutional Court needs publicly acknowledged experts with experience in legal matters; he therefore wants the suitability of the candidates assessed by an independent committee.

The experts are obliged to come up with their recommendations by the end of June, at which time Kiska will announce his decision. The recommendations of the committee are not binding. The terms of office of the outgoing judges, Ján Luby, Juraj Horváth and Ján Auxt, expire on July 4.

(Source: TASR, SITA)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Politics & society

Court acquits cops in Roma abuse case

THE KOŠICE District Court declined to admit a video in which police officers at Košice-South station bullied and humiliated Roma boys in March 2009 as evidence and acquitted the police February 27. 

04. Mar 2015
International

Slovakia will pay €70 million for EU presidency

HUNDREDS of people will get a commemorative coin, a scarf and a tie at the events organised during Slovakia’s presidency over the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2016.

03. Mar 2015
International

Slovaks view Russia as biggest potential threat

RUSSIA is the country that could pose the biggest threat to Slovakia and real Slovaks must speak Slovak according to a recent Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAV) survey released March 3, the TASR newswire reported.

04. Mar 2015
Business

No risk of a gas crisis for Slovakia

The approaching end of the winter and remaining natural gas stocks mean Slovakia looks poised to finish this heating season without any major problems in spite of a renewed Russo-Ukrainian dispute over gas supplies.

03. Mar 2015