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Disciplinary panel demotes Judge Babjak over court delays

The Supreme Court disciplinary panel has found former Constitutional Court judge and current justice of the Banská Bystrica Regional Court Juraj Babjak guilty of procrastination in court proceedings in four cases and ordered him to be demoted to a lower court. However, Babjak said he is determined to appeal against the verdict.

The Supreme Court disciplinary panel has found former Constitutional Court judge and current justice of the Banská Bystrica Regional Court Juraj Babjak guilty of procrastination in court proceedings in four cases and ordered him to be demoted to a lower court. However, Babjak said he is determined to appeal against the verdict.

He said, as quoted by the SITA newswire on April 6, that the statement on guilt is the disciplinary court's identification with non-constitutionality, unlawfulness, unacceptable legal culture and internal corruption. Both the statement on guilt and the statement on the disciplinary measure are senseless, Babjak added. He explained that when speaking about internal corruption, he was referring to a state in which the constitutional principle of equality is not applied but what he called ‘backstage manipulations’ are instead decisive. Babjak claimed the delays were in fact due to the enormous workload allotted to him.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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