Baxa: constitutional judges should not be allowed to repeat mandate

The President of the Constitutional Court, Josef Baxa, said he is against allowing constitutional judges to repeat their ten-year mandate. Speaking on Czech Television on Sunday on the political talk show Otázky Václava Moravce, he said that a limited term in office is a better guarantee of impartiality in decision-making.

The Supreme Court consists of 15 judges appointed by the president for ten years; however, the Constitution does not prohibit this mandate from being repeated. While the first post-Velvet Revolution president, Václav Havel, gave judges the option of a second mandate, the current practice is that the president does not.

Author: Anna Fodor