Washington, Jan 31 (CTK) – The Czech Republic ranks 17th out of 113 countries in the World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index published on Wednesday.
The WJP published its index in October 2016 the last time when the Czech Republic ranked the same.
Scandinavian countries regained the upper ranks, while Afghanistan, Cambodia and Venezuela ranked at the bottom like in 2016.
Denmark ranks once again at the top, followed by Norway, Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands. There has not been any change to the order of the first five rankings.
Germany, Austria, Britain, Estonia and Belgium have all scored better than the Czech Republic.
It scored second after Estonia among the former Eastern bloc of countries as regards the rule of law.
France, USA, Poland, Slovenia and Hungary have all ranked after the Czech Republic.
Slovakia was not assessed at all like in 2016. The country ranks 12th within the European and North America region like in 2016.
In the global index, European and North American states occupy the first eight positions.
The WJP assesses a number of criteria such as a government’s openness, the observance of fundamental rights, level of justice, corruption and security.
The Czech Republic scored its best as regards security ranking sixth within the European and North America region.
As far as penal justice is concerned, the country ranked the eighth in this region. It scored its worst ranking, 17th in the region, as regards corruption and government openness levels.
The WJP is an independent organisation that aims to contribute to enhancement of the rule of law in countries worldwide. The index is based on statistical data and comparisons of a number of surveys, local inhabitants’ opinions and legal experts.