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Parliament agrees to reopen district courts

SEVEN district courts that were merged with other courts under the previous government will reopen their doors.

The Slovak parliament approved a draft amendment to the law on the seats of courts and their districts on October 23, the SITA newswire wrote.

The district courts in Malacky, Pezinok, Piešťany, Skalica, Bánovce nad Bebravou, Nové Mesto nad Váhom and Námestovo were closed under a plan to make the judicial system more efficient. They will reopen, and two more courts will be established in Revúca and Partizánske, at the recommendation of ruling coalition MPs.

Justice Minister Štefan Harabin said that the amendment is aimed at creating the conditions for the judiciary in Slovakia to function effectively, and securing the constitutional right to have a case heard without needless delays.

He added that he expects the network of courts to be more effective, judicial proceedings to be faster, and the courts to be closer to citizens.

The reopened courts would require more than Sk268 million (€8 million) in 2008-2010.

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