Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Court awards damages for slow judges

THE HIGHEST court in the land, the Constitutional Court, awarded damages for unduly lengthy court proceedings to two claimants on July 9.
In both cases the compensation, amounting to Sk5,000 ($110) and Sk25,000 ($560), was awarded for ungrounded and unjust inaction by judges on court cases affecting the plaintiffs. According to Constitutional Court Chief Justice Ján Mazák, the court has received 40 similar demands for damages, with individual claims amounting to as much as Sk5,000,000 ($110,000).
"Most requests are related to delays and unjust imprisonment" Mazák said, warning that if Slovakia's hugely overburdened and achingly slow court system kept producing such suits, it could cost the state hundreds of millions of crowns.

THE HIGHEST court in the land, the Constitutional Court, awarded damages for unduly lengthy court proceedings to two claimants on July 9.

In both cases the compensation, amounting to Sk5,000 ($110) and Sk25,000 ($560), was awarded for ungrounded and unjust inaction by judges on court cases affecting the plaintiffs. According to Constitutional Court Chief Justice Ján Mazák, the court has received 40 similar demands for damages, with individual claims amounting to as much as Sk5,000,000 ($110,000).

"Most requests are related to delays and unjust imprisonment" Mazák said, warning that if Slovakia's hugely overburdened and achingly slow court system kept producing such suits, it could cost the state hundreds of millions of crowns.

The power to award such damages was given to the Court by a constitutional amendment which came into force at the beginning of this year, making Slovakia the first country to introduce indemnification to citizens for human rights' violations by state organs.

-Lukáš Fila

Top stories

Blog: Why did I come here?

A group of teachers and students from the Bratislava-based school gathered to support their friend, colleague, and fellow foreigner, as she had already tried four times just to get in the door of the foreign police.

Queue in front of the foreigners' police department in Bratislava.

Sagan rewrites history Video

Cyclist Peter Sagan becomes the first man to win three consecutive world championships.

Teachers and scientist support anti-corruption march

They praise the activities of students who may change the current state of corruption.

Organisers of the first student protest, Karolína Farská and Dávid Straka.

Bojnice spa fears loss of thermal water due to coal mining

The spa has turned to the EP; the mine sees claims of the Bojnice spa as not expert-based and manipulating public opinion

People enjoying hot water in Bojnice spa.