Judges face dilemma over wages appeal

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has said that the government does not want to pay an estimated 1.7 billion crowns in back pay to judges and other civil servants. He has said that he hopes the Constitution Court will take up the case. The claimed back pay results from a decision in January by the Supreme Court which found that payments had not been calculated on the right basis since 2002. Reopening the case depends in part on an appeal by the Brno court where the case was first heard but its head says that he is in favour of the Supreme Court’s decision.

Author: Chris Johnstone