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Ústavní soudci v kvantitativní perspektivě

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Title in English Czech Constitutional Justices in the Quantitative Perspective


Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Časopis pro právní vědu a praxi
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Law

Web Open access časopisu
Field Law sciences
Keywords Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic; Constitutional Justices; Individualized Statistics on Decisionmaking; Influence of Justice Rapporteur; Individuality of a Justice
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Description Legal scholars and practitioners alike have recently focused their attention not only on case-law of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic, but also on individual personalities behind it, on constitutional justices, their lives, opinions and their values. However, no solid evidence that individual constitutional justices approach cases differently has been offered so far and thus debates about causes of the different approaches are necessarily unanchored. The aim of this article is to anchor these debates in the initial finding that individual constitutional justices significantly differ in relevant quantitative criteria. Based on data on all final decisions of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic issued during the period from the beginning of the functioning of the Court to June 30, 2016 questions related to the productivity and speed of individual justices and their responsiveness to petitioners are answered. The heuristics used to evaluate justices according to these criteria is the assignment of the result of the case, time needed for its consideration and the final decision only to the justice rapporteur of the case. In addition to rankings of constitutional justices according to various criteria (productivity, speed and responsiveness) the article also offers questions raised by the position of individual justices in these rankings, and thus encourages further research.
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