Slovakia’s Judicial Council wants the government to exempt judges and senior court officials from the planned 10-percent salary cuts because such a move would slow down trials and offer scope for corruption, said the chairman of the council, Štefan Harabin, in a statement released on Monday, August 24 and reported by the TASR newswire.
According to Harabin, the initiative would only hurt low-earning senior court clerks and recorders because judges' salaries are provided for by law and can only be reduced based on a decision by a disciplinary court.
“Judges can enforce their rights, as was the case before the Constitutional Court in the past, but we mustn't forget about senior court clerks and recorders,” Harabin told TASR.
Justice Ministry spokesman Peter Bubla told TASR that currently it is too early to provide any specifics of the planned austerity measures, as “we're still analysing and evaluating possible solutions. We view the conclusions made by the Judicial Council as premature.”
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Aug 2010 at 14:00