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Judicial squabble heats up

THE CHAIRMAN of the district court in Michalovce, Jozef Soročina, has filed a disciplinary complaint against his subordinate, Judge Stanislav Sojka, because Sojka wrote to the Slovak president Ivan Gašparovič, the Sme daily reported.

THE CHAIRMAN of the district court in Michalovce, Jozef Soročina, has filed a disciplinary complaint against his subordinate, Judge Stanislav Sojka, because Sojka wrote to the Slovak president Ivan Gašparovič, the Sme daily reported.

Sojka has not been hearing cases for over a year because of complaints filed by attorney Juraj Kus.

When Sojka made a ruling against a client of Kus, the attorney submitted an appeal that contained some derogatory remarks about Sojka and further claimed that Sojka was biased in the case because he had previously served as a prosecutor.

Sojka allegedly showed the appeal to opposition MP Daniel Lipšic, and several judges and prosecutors, complaining about Kus’s behaviour.

In his letter to President Ivan Gašparovič, Sojka described his side of the dispute with Soročina.

Kus then filed a disciplinary complaint against Sojka but the Judicial Council did not approve it.

A month later, Chairman Soročina filed a complaint against Sojka; that is what will be considered in the disciplinary court sometime after August 17.

Soročina claims that Sojka’s letter contains semi-truths, false data and invectives against him and the Supreme Court President Štefan Harabin, Sme wrote.

According to Sme, attorney Kus will represent Soročina in the court hearings.

“I didn’t know that Mr Soročina had the right to decide whether and what a judge can write to the president of the republic,” Sojka said as quoted by Sme.


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