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The Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic proposed to the national legislator the introduction of the “visiting judge” concept with a view to facilitating the replacement of suddenly departing judges or reinforcing the provisionally overburdened courts

headline Slovakia 17 July 2019
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The Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic proposed to the national legislator the introduction of the “visiting judge” concept with a view to facilitating the replacement of suddenly departing judges or reinforcing the provisionally overburdened courts

Since 1 April 2017 the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic and European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) have been actively engaged in the project “Strengthening the Efficiency and Quality of the Slovak Judicial System”. In the framework of this cooperation and as a result of a report by the CEPEJ experts containing recommendations and good practices for the purpose of improving the judicial administration, the Slovak Ministry of Justice developed a draft law with amendments to the existing legislation with a view to introducing the “visiting/guest judge” concept in Slovakia. The respective draft law was submitted to the CEPEJ for a detailed expert opinion. Therefore, the draft amendments have been reviewed by a team of experts from Italy, the Netherlands, and France, with a specific attention to the Council of Europe standards of judicial independence. The expert opinion was subsequently discussed by the working group which drafted the amendments. At the moment of the publication of this news the draft law introducing the visiting judge concept were was pending final adoption by the Slovak Parliament.

* The project “Strengthening the efficiency and quality of the Slovak judicial system” is financed by the European Social Fund.