Like Under Totalitarian Regime

A judge critical of Harabin [Supreme Court chairman] cannot go on official trips and she feels persecuted.

The situation at the Supreme Court resembles the times of the totalitarian communist regime [in former Czechoslovakia], when disobedient individuals were not allowed to fulfill themselves professionally and ended up cleared away to the most inappropriate positions.  Elena Berthotyova, a signatory of the [judges] appeal entitled For an Open Judiciary and also a Supreme Court judge, has not been able to travel to any expert conferences and seminars and she is not even allowed to give lectures.  This is because all of the above is subject to approval by Supreme Court Chairman Stefan Harabin, who has long denied it to the judge.  Most recently, he did not let her attend the Global Forum on Public Administration and Combating Corruption in Prague, where she was to lecture and lead a thematic panel.  Even the US ambassador to Slovakia intervened in the matter with a letter.  However, Harabin remains adamant and he has not even replied to the ambassador.


Communiqué ZOJ, october 2011

A group of judges at the foundation Conference in Soporna on 15 October 2011 established the civic association Judges “For Open Judiciary“ (“ZOJ“).

The association continues in existing activities of an informal judicial initiative of the same name. It is open to all judges who are persuaded that looking for and implementation of justice is their role.

ZOJ will promote openness and transparency of judiciary, independence of judicial power and responsibility of judges for their positions.

In promoting its aims ZOJ will communicate with wide public.

Done at Soporna, 15 October 2011


JUDr. Katarina Javorcikova

ZOJ President

Articles of civic association judges "For open judiciary"








ZOJ Position on the EAJ Resolution of 4 September 2011

Wider version:
The Resolution is based on incorrect information on current legislative changes in Slovak judiciary:

Deklaration FOJ, 23. june 2011

Abuse of judicial power, limits of its independence, ethics and moral are the main terms that are heard in our whole society.

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