Five Applications for Supreme Court President Submitted, One Invalid – Večernji List

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They have been submitted by Zagreb Commercial Court judge Radovan Dobronić, Supreme Court judge Marin Mrčela, Zagreb attorney Šime Savić, High Criminal Court judge Lana Peto Kujundžić, and Požega master of law Daniel Mejer, who does not meet the requirements, the paper said.

President Zoran Milanović, who recommends a candidate to parliament, said before the deadline for the submission of applications expired that Dobronić was his candidate and that they had agreed that he should apply for the post.

Savić applied in the previous two rounds and Peto Kujundžić did so in the second, but neither received a positive opinion either from the Supreme Court General Convention or the parliamentary Judiciary Committee.

Applications in the third round could be submitted by midnight on Friday, but only on Monday will it be known if there are more candidates as applications could also be sent by post.

Although Milanović did not know that disciplinary action was initiated against Dobronić last October— the president said that would not affect his decision to recommend him to parliament.

Under the State Judicial Council Act, a judge against whom disciplinary action has been taken cannot be appointed to another court from one to four years of the decision on the punishment becoming final. If elected Supreme Court president by parliament, the State Judicial Council would have to appoint Dobronić a Supreme Court judge as well.

A court president’s term in office ends on the day the decision on disciplinary action against them becomes final. But regulations on the Supreme Court president do not state that disciplinary action is an obstacle to their appointment or a reason for their dismissal.

Disciplinary action against Dobronić was demanded in October 2020 and the question is whether it should be taken now, before parliament votes on his candidacy, and how that would be interpreted if he were punished, Večenji List said.

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