Smer’s Laššáková and Mamojka okayed as Constitutional Court judge candidates

SMER MPs Jana Laššáková and Mojmír Mamojka were elected as Constitutional Court judge candidates by the Smer-dominated parliament via secret ballot on December 2.

Smer MPs Jana Laššáková (L) and Miroslav Číž. (Source: SITA)

President Andrej Kiska is now expected to choose either Laššáková or Mamojka to replace Constitutional Court judge Ľubomír Dobrík whose term will expire in late February. Laššáková received 70 votes out of the 104 lawmakers present and Mamojka 79. 

Laššáková’s candidacy was proposed by fellow Smer MPs Anna Vitteková and Miroslav Číž, whereas Mamojka was nominated by the Matej Bel University’s Law Faculty vice-dean. Mamojka serves as the dean of the Faculty.

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A total of nine candidates vied for the post. Dana Bystrianska, who was temporarily allotted for the position of judge to the Supreme Court, was appointed by the Association of Judges of Slovakia – Bystrianska is the president of this association. Chairman of the panel of the Administrative College at the Supreme Court Miroslav Gavalec was appointed by the chairwoman of the Supreme Court, the SITA newswire wrote. University fellow Soňa Košičiarová was nominated by the dean of the Law Faculty of the Trnava University. The Slovak Attorneys’ Chamber filed for its candidate, lawyer Ondrej Mularčík, while KDH Ján Figeľ and Pavol Abrhan proposed lawyer Michal Matulník; and the Association of Judges of Slovakia nominated the Supreme Court judge Lenka Praženková and Supreme Court chairwoman nominated the chairman of the Specialised Criminal Court Michal Truban. 

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