Justice minister plans to reopen closed courts

JUSTICE Minister Štefan Harabin considers it a priority to reopen 12 district courts that were shut down as part of a reform of Slovakia's judicial system under the previous right-wing government.

"Closing these courts was in conflict with EU directives which guarantee citizens the right to unfettered access to the courts," the minister said during his recent visit to district courts in Ružomberok and Čadca.

Harabin added that the closure of the courts had harmed both the judiciary and citizens. The minister failed to specify, however, which courts would be reopened, saying only that in his opinion about two-thirds of the courts that were closed should reopen.

The Justice Ministry is currently carrying out an analysis to determine which district courts will be renewed, Harabin said according to the SITA news wire.

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