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Zeman consults top judicial officials on candidates for Constitutional Court judges

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Prague, June 21 (CTK) – Czech Supreme Administrative Court (NSS) judges Zdenek Kuehn and Michal Mazanec might in the future join the Constitutional Court (US) whose two seats will be vacated soon, US head Pavel Rychetsky said yesterday, adding that the two were mentioned within consultations with President Milos Zeman.
In the Czech Republic, candidates for US judges are proposed by the president. To be appointed, they need to gain support from the Senate, the upper house of parliament.
US judges are appointed for 10 years.
Rychetsky said Zeman regularly consults potential candidates for US judges with top judicial officials.
Based on the consultations, Zeman wants to meet the candidates for an informal debate, Rychetsky said.
Both Kuehn and Mazanec are quality lawyers, he added.
Three distinguished personalities have switched from the NSS to the US in recent years, Milada Tomkova, Vojtech Simicek and Katerina Simackova.
“I can hardly imagine us totally plundering the Supreme Administrative Court this way,” Rychetsky said, alluding to the Kuehn and Mazanec’s present position as NSS judges.
The US is comprised of 15 judges.
The mandate of two, Vlasta Formankova and Vladimir Kurka, will expire this August and December, respectively.
Mazanec is one of the most recognised Czech experts in the administrative law.
Kuehn, on his part, has experience as a former defence lawyer. He became a judge in 2008. Parallelly, he builds his career as a university teacher.

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