Parliament recalls Dušan Čimo from Judicial Council

PARLIAMENT dismissed Dušan Čimo as a member of the Judicial Council on September 10. The proposal was supported by 82 of the 82 deputies present in parliament. The opposition did not attend the vote in reaction to Smer’s decision on September 9 to throw out 10 opposition draft bills from the parliament’s agenda, the SITA newswire reported.

PARLIAMENT dismissed Dušan Čimo as a member of the Judicial Council on September 10. The proposal was supported by 82 of the 82 deputies present in parliament. The opposition did not attend the vote in reaction to Smer’s decision on September 9 to throw out 10 opposition draft bills from the parliament’s agenda, the SITA newswire reported.

The proposal to recall Čimo from the post was submitted by Smer MP and deputy speaker of parliament Jana Laššáková one week before the second round of the vote for the new Supreme Court president, scheduled for September 16, without specifying any reasons.

The opposition has criticised the dismissal, calling it a backstage game by Smer, a witch-hunt and a deliberate effort by Smer to secure votes for the upcoming election for the new Supreme Court and Judicial Council head, SITA wrote.

The TASR newswire reported that Čimo might be replaced by one of the presidents of the district courts in eastern Slovakia. The voting may take place this week.

Meanwhile, the government elected its own nominee to the Judicial Council. It appointed barrister Ján Havlát, founder of the Havlát&Partners law firm and a member of the board of the Slovak Bar Association. He will take up the post on September 11.

Havlát will replace Jaroslav Chlebovič, whom the government dismissed on August 20, TASR wrote.

Source: SITA, TASR

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