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NGO seeks inquiry of Michalovce judge

A POLITICAL watchdog group, the Fair-Play Alliance, has requested that Justice Minister Viera Petríková and Slovakia’s Judicial Council investigate the chairman of the Michalovce District Court. The alliance says it believes that the court’s chairman, Jozef Soročina, may have committed a disciplinary transgression by preparing a written version of one of his verdicts more than 12 months after it had been announced, the SITA newswire reported.

A POLITICAL watchdog group, the Fair-Play Alliance, has requested that Justice Minister Viera Petríková and Slovakia’s Judicial Council investigate the chairman of the Michalovce District Court. The alliance says it believes that the court’s chairman, Jozef Soročina, may have committed a disciplinary transgression by preparing a written version of one of his verdicts more than 12 months after it had been announced, the SITA newswire reported.

Zuzana Wienk of the Fair-Play Alliance stated that according to a document the alliance staff found in its mail and on its office table, one of the judge’s verdicts was verbally announced in September 2008 but was issued in writing only in November 2009. The law requires judges to send written verdicts within 30 days of making a decision.


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