The new court map, which was approved by the government on Wednesday, envisages the abolition of four district courts.
The municipal courts in Košice and Bratislava are to be established. After the new, there are to be three districts of regional courts based in Trnava, Žilina and Prešov. The remaining courts are to function as offices and headquarters. The reform proposal goes to parliament.
In practice, there is to be a geographical increase in the districts of the district courts. This means that some court courts will become workplaces. The District Court of Partizánske, Skalica, Bánovce nad Bebravou and Kežmarok should be abolished. The agenda of the Commercial Register should be concentrated in the Žilina District Court.
“The combined districts of the district courts will be large enough to meet the criteria of the minimum size of the judicial district, with an optimal minimum number of three specialized judges in all the main agendas,” the Justice Department said in the submission report. The enlargement of these districts is intended to provide more scope for the implementation of the criterion of random selection of judges. Commercial disputes are to be concentrated in eight district courts.
The changes also affect regional courts. Their seat is to be the new Trnava for the West Slovakian district, Žilina for the Central Slovakian district and Prešov for the East Slovakian district. Of the remaining five regional courts, workplaces are to remain.