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Minister to re-open courts

JUSTICE Minister Štefan Harabin has pledged to re-open some of the courts that were closed down as part of the court reform under his predecessor, Daniel Lipšic.

Among the district courts that will soon be re-opened are those in Bánovce nad Bebravou and Malacky, both of which should be put to use again in July. Other courts that will be reopened after two years of being closed are the district courts of Pezinok and Nové Mesto nad Váhom.

However, according to the ministry's own statistics, these courts were among the most inefficient and the slowest in dealing with cases, the Pravda daily wrote.

While other district courts took an average of five months to rule in alimony cases, for instance, the Nové Mesto nad Váhom court took 10 months to deliver a verdict and the Malacky court once took as long as 13 months.

"This is an unfortunate step because it re-introduces inefficiency into the system. The previous government partially eliminated this inefficiency through its court reform," said analysts Ján Marušinec and Martin Valentovič from the MESA 10 economic think-tank.

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