Justice minister spells out new selection procedures for judges
The Ministry of Justice has announced a shake up of the way it appoints judges with competitions for vacant posts being held in the future in which all qualified contenders can take part. Minister of Justice Jiří Pospíšil announced the changes at a meeting of the lower house of parliament’s legal committee. One of the conditions for candidates will be at least five year’s experience of legal practice but the significance of psychological tests will be downplayed under the proposal. The minister said that the country was now in a new position with only around 30-40 vacancies for judges needing to be filled every year instead of the previous 100 or so annually. Quality, not haste, was now the byword for selection, the minister said.