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European Judges Association criticises Justice Minister Žitňanská

In a resolution passed at the beginning of September, the European Association of Judges stated that Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská’s desire to have more public control of Slovakia’s judiciary will increase the government’s influence over the judiciary, the Sme daily reported.

In a resolution passed at the beginning of September, the European Association of Judges stated that Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská’s desire to have more public control of Slovakia’s judiciary will increase the government’s influence over the judiciary, the Sme daily reported.

One of the measures criticised by the association is that the justice minister can choose two of five members of committees that will decide on selection of new judges. The association also disagrees with a proposal to pass the responsibility for disciplinary proceedings against judges from the Judicial Council to Justice Ministry.

Žitňaňská defended her amendments to the laws on judges and says that the association has false information. She said she believes that information was addressed to the association by the Association of Slovak Judges (ZSS).

The head of ZSS, Dana Bystrianska, disagreed and said that the European Association of Judges prepared the resolution based on specific laws and a report on the condition of the Slovak judicial system written by the head of the association, Günter Woratsch.

“International standards over the independence of judiciary talk about principles and do not play with words,” Bystrianska stated, as quoted by Sme.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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