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Klaus appoints new Prague High Court chairman

3 January 2013

Prague, Jan 2 (CTK) - Czech President Vaclav Klaus appointed former justice minister Jaroslav Bures, 58, chairman of the Prague High Court yesterday.

Bures has so far worked as deputy chairman of the Prague High Court.

Its current chairman Vladimir Stiborik has decided to leave the post over his high age. The court informed about his departure in June.

"I believe that you will contribute to what you have always been striving for, to the unification of the courts' decision-making in the Czech Republic by taking previous precedents into consideration," Klaus told Bures during the appointment.

Klaus did not comment on the amnesty he declared on January 1, within his last New Year'a address in office.

"I believe that everything will be in order at your High Court now and you will be judging so well that no granting of amnesties and pardons will be needed any more," Klaus noted.

Bures has worked in the judiciary since 1980 and he occupied the post of justice minister in 2001-2002 and 2004-2005. He was proposed for Prague High Court chairman by current Justice Minister Pavel Blazek.

The Respekt weekly has reported that Bures was the only candidate applying for the post.

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