Proposed law will make meetings of Slovakia’s Judicial Council open to the public

Meetings of Slovakia’s Judicial Council should be open to the public and the council will have to justify its decisions, especially in personnel matters, states a draft amendment to the Law on the Slovak Judicial Council which the government cabinet approved on Wednesday, August 18, the SITA newswire reported. Presidents and vice-presidents of district and county courts cannot also be members of the Judicial Council, according to this amendment submitted by the Justice Ministry. However, membership of the Supreme Court President in the Judicial Council will continue because this is specified in the Slovak Constitution, SITA wrote. Five members of the current Judicial Council, Igor Burger, Helena Kožíková, Richard Molnár, Gabriela Šimonová, and Mária Usacevová, would be in conflict with the proposed law. If these members did not eliminate the reasons for the conflict, the proposed law states that their membership in the Judicial Council would terminate as of January 1, 2011.

Meetings of Slovakia’s Judicial Council should be open to the public and the council will have to justify its decisions, especially in personnel matters, states a draft amendment to the Law on the Slovak Judicial Council which the government cabinet approved on Wednesday, August 18, the SITA newswire reported.

Presidents and vice-presidents of district and county courts cannot also be members of the Judicial Council, according to this amendment submitted by the Justice Ministry. However, membership of the Supreme Court President in the Judicial Council will continue because this is specified in the Slovak Constitution, SITA wrote.

Five members of the current Judicial Council, Igor Burger, Helena Kožíková, Richard Molnár, Gabriela Šimonová, and Mária Usacevová, would be in conflict with the proposed law. If these members did not eliminate the reasons for the conflict, the proposed law states that their membership in the Judicial Council would terminate as of January 1, 2011.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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