Deklaration of The AJS on Report by Mr. G. Woratsch

Declaration of the Association of Judges in Slovakia (hereinafter AJS) on Report on the State of the Slovak Judiciary drawn by Mr. Gűnter Woratsch (Honorary President of the International Association of Judges – IAJ)

Report on the current situation of the Judiciary in Slovakia

Put in charge by EAJ of monitoring and evaluating the situation of Slovak Judiciary I travelled during the last months several times to Slovakia, mainly to Bratislava but to Kosice, Banska Bystrica and others as well. I had a lot of talks with judges, not only but also with acting and former functionaries of the Association of Slovak Judges (ZSS), with representatives of the Ministry of Justice , the bar and others. I also took part as reporter  in two seminaries held by organisations founded in paricular with the aim to reform the judicial system ( ZOJ, Via Juris). There I had the possibility to talk with representatives of various NGOs, members of foreign embassies in Slovakia, lawyers etc.

Statement Regarding decision of disciplinary court against Judge Mr. Juraj Babjak

Since 2009, signators of the independent Initiative For Open Judiciary are pointing at several controversial disciplinary proceedings against Judges who publicly displayed their critical points of view on situation in Slovak justice. One of these is Juraj Babjak, Judge of Regional Court in Banská Bystrica, who has more than 30 years long judiciary experience and who is also known as an author of several important decisions for penal judiciary. Moreover he had been Judge of Constitutional Court of Slovak republic for 7 years.

Bratislava Appeal

The judges, law experts and representatives of non-governmental organizations participating in the international conference Judiciary Reforms – Past and the Future, are aware of the fact that the level of public trust to judiciary in the V4 countries, including other countries in transition, is not satisfactory. In spite of developments and different existing legal frameworks regulating the judiciary, we share many specific problems.

The ethical code of judical conduct


Mindful of the significance of the code of judicial ethical conduct for

• An increased public trust in judiciary,
• The protection of human rights and the enhancement of the idea of legal state,
• The prevention and control of corruption in the judiciary,

In performance of their duties and their avocational activities, judges have committed to the rules set out in the Ethical Code of Judicial Conduct.

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