On September 7, the Slovak parliament advanced for further legislative procedure the draft revision to the law on Judicial Council which aims at increasing the transparency and credibility of the institution, the SITA newswire wrote.
According to the draft which has stirred heated discussion in parliament in the first reading, meetings of the Judicial Council should be open to the public. Moreover, the council will have to justify its decisions, especially in personnel matters.
Presidents and vice-presidents of district and county courts cannot be members of the Judicial Council, according to this amendment submitted by the Ministry of Justice, but the membership of the Supreme Court President in the Judicial Council will continue because it is provided for by the Constitution of the Slovak Republic.
Five other members of the current Judicial Council, Igor Burger, Helena Kožíková, Richard Molnár, Gabriela Šimonová, and Maria Usačevová, would therefore be in conflict with the offices. If these members do not remove the reasons for their incompatibility, their membership in the Judicial Council would terminate as of January 1, 2011.
The proposal also requires the Judicial Council to record their meetings and publish the transcripts on its website.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Sep 2010 at 15:00