Slovak judges fight to keep immunity

The Slovak Judicial Council is opposed to the political intention to scrap judicial immunity and has adopted a dismissive stance on a potential change in the Constitution that would enable it.

The Slovak Judicial Council is opposed to the political intention to scrap judicial immunity and has adopted a dismissive stance on a potential change in the Constitution that would enable it.

The Sme daily wrote in its Wednesday, April 17 issue that the Council addressed judicial councils at courts and formulated its stance based on their responses. The Council considers the immunity of judges to be a guarantee of an impartial and unbiased process for every participant of a court trial. Both the ruling Smer and opposition parties support the change to judicial immunity.

The TASR newswire wrote that the reason for defending the elimination of judicial immunity is to secure the free and independent decision-making of judges as well as to prevent abuse of criminal prosecution towards judges.

Head of the Smer caucus Jana Laššáková told the SITA newswire that the constitutional law on doing away with the MPs’ immunity was passed by wide support of all parliamentary parties and there is wide agreement over the issue of scrapping the immunity of judges. She added that the work-group tasked to prepare the constitutional amendment is interested in the opinion of the Judicial Council, but added that a solution will have to be found. Laššáková said, however, that a so-called functional immunity for judges has been retained, which means they would not be criminally prosecutable for their legal opinions or decisions.

(Source: Sme, SITA, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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