Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

International Judges Association comments on Slovak judicial system

The honorary president of the International Association of Judges, Günter Woratsch, wrote in a report on the state of the Slovak judicial system that the President of the Supreme Court, Štefan Harabin, is still influencing the system in an unfavourable way, the Sme daily reported. Woratsch also warned that in an effort to remedy the conditions, the independence of the Slovak justice system could suffer.

The honorary president of the International Association of Judges, Günter Woratsch, wrote in a report on the state of the Slovak judicial system that the President of the Supreme Court, Štefan Harabin, is still influencing the system in an unfavourable way, the Sme daily reported. Woratsch also warned that in an effort to remedy the conditions, the independence of the Slovak justice system could suffer.

“Harabin dominates the judicial system in a very marked way,” Woratsch wrote ever since his Harabin’s powers were shifted from the Justice Ministry to the Judicial Council. This step, basically, a good one and in compliance with international standards, has been abused by Harabin for personal reasons, Sme wrote, adding that Harabin has strong support especially among judges in eastern Slovakia.

However, the international observer also warned top judicial officials not to get too zealous in their effort to make corrections and to turn to the other extreme. Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská reacted by saying, as quoted by Sme, that the most imminent threat for the justice system in Slovakia was that it has become too rigid and moth-balled and it “clones itself with all negatives included”.

Harabin called Woratsch’s view biased and based on false information and stated that that the European Association of Judges does not agree with Žitňanská’s steps, which Harabin claims strengthen executive power and weaken judicial power – politicising the judicial system.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Kiska stays away from parliamentary politics

President Kiska has dispersed all questions surrounding his future in politics before Easter, when he announced he was not planning to run for parliament.

Andrej Kiska does not want to walk down the path of party politics.

Danko’s office opens MPs’ letters

OĽaNO wants Danko to step down as parliament’s speaker after what they call an unprecedented measure.

Igor Matovič (l) and Ján Budaj (r)

Train travel to Košice via south to return

The Transport Ministry will restore the operation of fast trains on the southern route as of June.

Government ignores anticorruption demands Photo

Protesters gave the government two weeks to fulfil their demands.