The Justice Ministry has received an allocation from the state budget to settle debts towards lawyers, experts, notaries, translators and people due compensation according to a ruling by the European Court for Human Rights, Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská said at a press briefing on Thursday, September 30.
She conceded that the ministry hadn't previously had the necessary resources at its disposal but noted that the current government had pledged to settle the Justice Ministry's debt towards the group of people in question. The debt has grown over the past four years and stood at €16 million as of August 31, 2010.
"What I regret most is that the ministry owed money to people over delays in legal proceedings, a fact recognised by the Constitutional Court as well as the European Court for Human Rights," Žitňanská told the TASR newswire. "Worse still, the ministry even owed compensation to victims of crime."
"It's very satisfying because the long period of time during which court fees were not paid was really unpleasant. I need to say that this government and the minister truly kept their word," said the chairman of the Slovak Solicitor's Chamber (SAK), Tomáš Borec. He said he hopes that the ministry will introduce measures to prevent a similar situation from ever reoccurring.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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1. Oct 2010 at 10:00