Within a few days, the second protest took place in front of the Ministry of Justice building against the changes in the court map. Judges and employees of the Regional Court in Bratislava and seven Bratislava district courts do not agree with the proposed reform.
Armed with ratchets, trumpets and banners with inscriptions such as “Stop the Judicial Map”, “Enough was ignoring” or “Business with courthouses” they voiced their opposition to the changes.
“The statements that the second draft of the court map was based on the comments made against the first court map are untrue. Nothing has changed for the courts in the Bratislava Regional Court. The second draft is identical to the first and represents the annulment of the Bratislava Regional Court. political decisions, are not a solution to problems in the judiciary or an acceptance of our comments,“said Viera Habová, vice – president of the trade union of the Regional Court in Bratislava.
“We believe that judicial reform needs to be addressed by modernizing the courts, replacing computers, improving systems. These are obstacles to the speed, modernization and development of the judiciary. We ask you to withdraw the entire court map.” she added.
The claims that the courts are currently not functioning effectively were rejected by the chairwoman of the trade union of employees of the Slovak judiciary, Ingrid Vrkočová. She recalled the amount of work of court staff and the lack of staff. “It’s hard work, a lot of things have to be decided within 24 hours, people swear at court employees,” she stated.
Source: Topky – Ján Zemiar
Judges and court staff also claim that disputes over dozens of comments have taken place shortly after they have been received by the Ministry. They are convinced that it was therefore not possible to be fully aware of the comments.
Protest before the Ministry of Justice over a new court map
“By being present in front of the MS building, judges and court staff want to express their disagreement with the ministry’s procedure in relation to the evaluation of the comments made on the draft new court map and ignoring the demands of courts, judges and staff of individual courts,” said Pavol Adamčiak, a spokesman for the Regional Court in Bratislava.
Source: Topky – Ján Zemiar
At the same time, controversial proceedings were held in the building on fundamental comments on the new court map raised by regional and district courts.
Minister Mária Kolíková met in front of journalists only after the end of the protest itself.
Protests expressing disagreement with the court map took place at the same time in several other Slovak cities.
The reform envisages the reorganization of regional and district courts as well as the establishment of municipal courts in Košice and Bratislava. The number of district court districts is to be reduced from 54 to 30. Three administrative courts are also to be set up.