Slovak justice fails to gain people's trust

Only 4 percent see courts in Slovakia as utterly reliable.

Most Slovaks do not trust Slovak courts, the latest Focus poll suggests.Most Slovaks do not trust Slovak courts, the latest Focus poll suggests.(Source: Sme)

Slovak courts are struggling to convince the population that they are trustworthy.

The Supreme Court said only 4 percent regard the Slovak justice system as completely reliable. This stems from a survey conducted by the Focus polling agency, presented on August 14, the TASR newswire reported.

Though 30 percent said they are rather prone to trust courts, the majority of Slovaks hold a different view: 22 percent do not trust the courts in Slovakia at all and 42 percent are more likely not to trust them.

In addition, the biggest problem continues to be corruption, president of the Supreme Court Daniela Švecová said at the press conference.

From increase to stagnation

Back in 2016, the numbers were very similar. A survey, conducted by the TNS Slovakia agency, said that more than 60 percent of respondents did not trust the courts, and one third considered them trustworthy.

On the other hand, the Focus agency conducted a survey in 2017. It said that trust in Slovak courts and the legal system had grown for five years prior to 2017.

The latest Focus poll suggests that trust in Slovak justice has stagnated.

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