SUPREME Court judge Zuzana Ďurišová and Banská Bystrica regional judge Juraj Babjak were members of the consultancy committee of President Andrej Kiska that assessed candidates for constitutional judges. Now they both face a threat of disciplinary prosecution due to unpaid membership in the committee.
Failed candidate for constitutional judge Ján Bernát has turned to Justice Minister Tomáš Borec to evaluate whether they did not commit a serious disciplinary offence. He insists that they worked for executive power which is allowed only if their performance of judicial function is adjourned. Borec passed the motion to the Judicial Council which should decide over the matter on October 20, the Sme daily reported on same day.
“It is really poor and absolutely groundless,” Ďurišová commented on Bernát’s motion, as quoted by Sme. Babjak has been reportedly surprised as well and reminded that already in the past he sat on a consultancy body for preparing laws.
Bernát is on of five candidates whom President Andrej Kiska rejected to appoint for Constitutional Court judges and who are challenging Kiska’s decision at the aforementioned court, according to Sme.
One of the rejected candidates, Juraj Sopoliga, said that the complaint delivered to the Constitutional Court should contribute to solving the law problem since Kiska’s decisions related to the court are questionable. For example, Kiska’s setting up of an advisory committee on the selection of candidates could be a contravention of the Constitution, Sopoliga told private broadcaster TA3 in mid September, according to TASR.
(Source: Sme, TASR, TA3)
Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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20. Oct 2014 at 14:00