Judges who are members of the “For Open Justice” initiative spoke positively on Sunday, August 29 about an amendment to the Judges Act which was proposed recently by Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanska (SDKÚ) as a good basis for improving public scrutiny of the judiciary, the TASR newswire wrote.
Katarína Javorčíková and Miroslav Gavalec of the initiative praised provisions to tighten conditions under which cases are assigned to judges and to amend disciplinary proceedings against judges so that judges can be disbarred only for listed infractions, thereby curtailing arbitrariness in proposing harsh punishments.
However, they objected to certain provisions, such as the one scrapping the option of temporarily assigning judges to a higher court with a view to boosting their expertise, TASR reported.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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30. Aug 2010 at 14:00