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Constitutional Court statistics refute justice minister accusations

The Constitutional Court released figures on February 19 to rebut Justice Minister Štefan Harabin’s recent comments on Slovak Television that it is too “passive”.

The Constitutional Court released figures on February 19 to rebut Justice Minister Štefan Harabin’s recent comments on Slovak Television that it is too “passive”.

From January 1, 1993, when the Constitutional Court was established, to February 5, 2008, a total of 19,651 motions were filed with the Constitutional Court, the SITA newswire wrote.

In this period, the court ruled on 18,709 of the motions and has left 942 undecided. This figure does not include 14,595 complaints from the Lawyer Partners firm that were filed between February 6 and February 11, Constitutional Court President Ivetta Macejková said at a press conference on February 19.

Macejková considers it a success that out of 80 older motions that were filed between 2001 and 2005, the court has already dealt with 64 of them. The sixteen remaining cases concern areas such as health care law, the constitutionality of the law on proving the origin of assets and a draft to abolish parliament's resolution on adopting a European Constitution.

The Constitutional Court has already handed down decisions on three of five motions filed by the Prosecutor General’s Office, which asked the Constitutional Court to rule on the right to prosecute judges from lower courts. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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