Constitutional Court President Ivetta Macejková has responded to recent criticism from the Supreme Court Chief Justice Štefan Harabin, who has questioned a pair of Constitutional Court rulings.
“Statements by the president of the Supreme Court addressing judges of the Constitutional Court in recent days and weeks have deviated from reasonable and responsible opinion of someone who holds such a significant position - the post of a judge and Supreme Court President,” she wrote, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “I do not reject criticism of the decision-making activities of the Constitutional Court as long as it is founded and constructive, because I find this kind of criticism natural and necessary. However, in order to protect the authority and impartiality of the judiciary, arguments and means of expression of the Supreme Court President in respect of judges of the Constitutional Court and the Constitutional Court as an institution should correspond to that."
In recent weeks, Harabin made highly critical statements about some Constitutional Court judges. Most recently, at a press conference on August 20 he criticised the decision of the Constitutional Court the resulted in the release of four suspected members of an organised gang known as 'Piťovci' as well as a decision related to disputed promissory notes signed by late Ján Ducký. Harabin said he was about to file a criminal complaint and a motion for disciplinary action against specific judges.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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23. Aug 2013 at 10:00