New justice minister criticizes slow courts

ONE OF the government’s priorities in the justice sector is justice for all, not only for the wealthy but also lower income groups, stated Justice Minister Štefan Harabin following a meeting with the President Ivan Gašparovič on August 3, the newswire SITA wrote.

Harabin thinks that the previous government infringed on the constitutional right to justice for some citizens, pointing to the cancellation of some district courts during the process of optimizing the court system and also to increased court fees.

Harabin also plans to adopt measures to speed up court proceedings, stating that he was shocked by the vast number of unresolved court cases.

During the previous government's term, the number of unresolved court cases in civilian matters surged by almost 72,000 while the number of unresolved criminal cases almost doubled, from 10,000 to 19,600.

According to the SME daily, Harabin also said that the performance of the judges at the Special Court, which was set up by the previous government to fight top level corruption and mafia cases, was too low as well.

It remains unclear, however, whether he would initiate the cancellation of the Special Court.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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