Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Justice Minister Harabin seeks to take powers to new position

Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, nominated by Slovakia’s HZDS party, has striven to amass more power over the country's courts but Slovakia’s strongest governing party, Smer, headed by Prime Minister Robert Fico may put a brake on Harabin’s plan to boost the power of the Supreme Court President, the post to which Harabin hopes to return, the daily Pravda wrote on June 11.

Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, nominated by Slovakia’s HZDS party, has striven to amass more power over the country's courts but Slovakia’s strongest governing party, Smer, headed by Prime Minister Robert Fico may put a brake on Harabin’s plan to boost the power of the Supreme Court President, the post to which Harabin hopes to return, the daily Pravda wrote on June 11.

But to preserve peace in the governing coalition, Smer might still allow Harabin to achieve his goal, the daily wrote.

Several MPs from Smer expressed their concern that Harabin would transfer jurisdictions related to judges according to whether he momentarily holds the ministerial post or is the president of the Supreme Court, who also holds the post of head of the Judicial Council.

The head of the Slovak parliament’s judicial and constitutional committee, Mojmír Mamojka, a Smer nominee, said that Harabin has gone too far. His party colleague Jana Laššáková joined the criticism by saying that the timing of the power transfer stirs doubts. She wondered why, as powers of the Justice Minister have grown for three years, these are now to be transferred to the head of the Judicial Council which Harabin seeks to head.

The election for president of the Supreme Court will be held on June 22. If the Judicial Council elects Harabin to the post, his current ministerial powers will be delegated to him again. A future Justice Minister would therefore lose the right to decide on personnel issues related to judges that would be transferred to the president of the Judicial Council. Despite these objections, Smer might decide to support Harabin's efforts as Laššáková said that it is not worth provoking conflicts inside the governing coalition, Pravda wrote. Pravda

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

LGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s minds

Bratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions,…

Slovakia’s LGBTI community seeks to expand their rights.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Blog: 5 things you should do on your visit to the north of Slovakia Photo

Here is a list of tips by an experienced tour guide - including things you have probably not tried before.

Bratislava growing high Photo

High-rise buildings sprouting up in Bratislava

Visualisation of the future skyline of Bratislava