The Administration of Courts in the Czech Republic: In Search of a Constitutional Balance
College of Europe
November 22, 2009
European Public Law, Vol. 16 (2), 2010, pp. 251-270.
This article focuses on the administration of courts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The comparison of the recent developments and case law in both countries suggests that in post-Communist societies, the problems encountered in the area of the administration of courts are the same irrespective of the institutional design chosen, i.e. irrespective of the fact whether or not a country established a self-standing judicial council or not. Moreover, as the current developments in Slovakia show, the establishment of an independent judicial council in a politically immature environment may even lead to certain “hijacking” of a new institution by the old Communist judicial elites and the sealing off of the institution behind a veil of judicial independence.
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Date posted: November 22, 2009 ; Last revised: December 1, 2010
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