Croatian Helsinki Committee: Constitutional Court’s Reaction Prompt

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Ivan Zvonimir Čičak | Bujica
Ivan Zvonimir Čičak | Bujica

Ivan Zvonimir Čičak | Bujica

ZAGREB, Sept 16, 2020 – The Croatian Helsinki Committee (HHO) said on Wednesday the Constitutional Court’s action on the national COVID response team’s work had been more than prompt, dismissing as unfounded the criticism of the court for not holding a public session with the press attending.

The problem is the length of decision making is due to the government, which last responded to the complaints filed by citizens and institutions, at the judge-rapporteur’s request, on August 10, HHO president Ivan Zvonimir Cicak said in a press release.

Therefore, the Constitutional Court resolved some 30 citizen complaints in one month and four days, whereas it took 18 months to resolve the Agrokor case, the HHO said, adding that the law does not stipulate a deadline by which the court should decide but says it should decide within an appropriate time.

As for complaints that in deciding on the work of the COVID response team on Monday the Constitutional Court did not hold a public session, the HHO said it would have been no public session but a sort of press conference, i.e. a public spectacle.

The HHO criticised opposition parties for failing to use their legal right to initiate a parliamentary debate on the work of the government and the COVID response team.

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