Shake up of justice system unveiled

28-08-2010

Justice Minister Jíří Pospíšil has outlined his plans for reforming the country’s legal system. The plans include cutting the retirement age for judges to 65 years from the current 70. The overall number of judges would also be reduced. The minister said cutting the age limit would hasten the influx of a younger generation of judges who had not been educated under Communism, were more comfortable with technology and foreign languages and had travelled. He said older judges could stay on as judges’ assistants if they wanted.

The minister also proposed transferring responsibility for seizures in cases of debt entirely to private companies to relieve the work burden. The changes are being prepared for the end of the year and could, according to the minister, save money.