Head of Constitutional Court dismisses criticism of recent verdict

The head of the Constitutional Court, Pavel Rychetský, said on Czech Television on Sunday that the critics of his court do not understand its role. He said the function of the court was to monitor Parliament, and that therefore it was bound to sometimes interfere with the world of politics. President Václav Klaus on Wednesday criticized a verdict issued by the Constitutional Court that declared a change in building savings accounts legislation unlawful, saying the court should not interfere with political decisions.

Under the new law, state contributions to such savings accounts would have been cut. Since agreements signed under different conditions would be affected retroactively, the court deemed the change in legislation unconstitutional.

Author: Sarah Borufka