Bratislava’s Justice Palace turns 85 years, it can house more than 740 prisoners

Death penalties were executed in its rear yard.

The Justice Palace in Bratislava turns 85 years.The Justice Palace in Bratislava turns 85 years. (Source: SME - Marko Erd)

The complex of the Justice Palace on Zahradnícka Street is marking 85 years. It houses the Regional Court of Bratislava, the Bratislava I District Court, a prison and a detention facility. In the past, the court served for death penalties.

Skryť Remove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
Skryť Remove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

The Justice Palace, designed by Slovak architects Alexander Skutecký and Vojtech Holesch, was completed and put into operation on December 31, 1936. The prison began operating on January 15, 1937, replacing the 1884 prison on present day Župné Square, which did not suit the needs of the prison system anymore, the website of the Corps of Prison and Court Guard (ZVJS) reads.

The prison building was built in the shape of a cross for the purpose of pre-trial detention at the back of the Palace of Justice according to the Pennsylvania-panoptic pattern. Staircases from three storeys led from the circular headquarters of the building, from which the corridors lead to cells. The prison first had a capacity of 358 people. Later it was expanded. Today the facility has a capacity for 255 accused people and 487 convicts, including 122 prisoners placed in so-called open departments in Bratislava, established on November 1, 2008.

The Justice Palace was the place where death penalties were executed. In total, 11 people were sentenced to death in the Justice Palace between 1958 and 1982, the TAS newswire wrote. One was Jozef Tiso, president of the Nazi Germany’s satellite Slovak State. He was hanged on a gallows standing in the rear yard of the prison on April 18, 1947.

Slovakia abolished the death penalty in 1990.

Top stories

Marián Turner became the General Director of the Slovak Philharmonic in January 2022.

Slovak Philharmonic is a first-class institution people outside Bratislava rarely see perform

Marián Turner, a former flautist, has become the new Slovak Philharmonic head. His priority is to fully reopen the institution to live audiences.


19. jan
Bronze sculptures of three late Slovak comedians - Milan Lasica (right), Július Satinský (left) and Jaro Filip (middle) on Lužná Street in Petržalka, Bratislava.

Weekend: Cross-country skiers hit the beach

A hike to Veľký Choč, dinosaur footprints, and a US hip hop legend. Read the latest culture and travel news from Slovakia.


21. jan
Zara Rutherford made a stop in Slovakia on January 15.

In a Slovak plane, teen pilot lands in the world record books

British-Belgian Zara Rutherford has broken two world records, but her global hunt for a tasty pizza was a failure.


21. jan
Ukrainian forces during military exercise.

There goes the neighbourhood

The parallels between Russia’s approach to Ukraine and Hitler’s to Czechoslovakia in 1938 are uncanny.


17 h
Skryť Close ad