Czech Senate approves two new constitutional judges

Kandidáti na ústavní soudce Jiří Zemánek (vlevo) a Jan Musil 18. prosince v Praze před zahájením schůze Senátu, který bude schvalovat jejich nominaci prezidentem.

published: 18.12.2013, 11:36 | updated: 18.12.2013 11:41:54

Prague - European law expert Jiri Zemanek will join Czech Constitutional Court (US) and Jan Musil, professor in criminal law, will continue working at the court since the Senate today approved their nomination for constitutional judges by President Milos Zeman.

Zemanek and Musil received 53 and 49 votes from the 72 senators present in a secret vote, respectively.

The result was expected as both Senate committees who discussed the two candidates recommended that the upper house of parliament approve their nomination.

Musil was first appointed constitutional judge in November 2003. Before he headed the criminal law chair of Charles University Faculty of Law and the Police Academy.

Zemanek teaches at the European law chair of Charles University Faculty of Law.

In 1998-2006 he was a member of the Government Legislative Council and he participated in the preparation of the Czech Republic's entry in the EU in 2004.

Zemanek also focuses on the determination of EU member states' constitutional autonomy and harmonisation of the EU and member states' legislation.

He could replace Jiri Nykodym whose mandate expired on Tuesday.

President Zeman told the Senate session before the vote today that next year he would like to nominate a person who had long experience as a judge as the Constitutional Court needed not only university professors and academics but also somebody acquainted with the everyday life of a judge.

Zeman said Prague City Court head Jan Svacek met the above criterion but he would not propose Svacek again after the senators rejected him in summer.

Svacek had already been nominated for US judge by president Vaclav Klaus in 2012, but the upper house rejected him.

Zeman replaced Klaus as president in March. He has proposed 12 candidates for constitutional judges as the ten-year mandates of most judges of the 15-member US recently expired. The senators rejected two of Zeman´s candidates.

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