Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia nad Prawem

Public Prosecution Service in Slovakia and in the Czech Republic: Common Roots, Different Paths (A Comparative Legal Analysis)

Šramel, Bystrík

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Public prosecution service has an irreplaceable place in the system of state authorities. However, the years of authoritarian regimes transformed independent public prosecution authorities existing on the territory of Slovakia and the Czech Republic into authorities protecting primarily the regime and persecuting all persons who were non-compliant with this regime. It was not until the fall of Communism in 1989 that a change came – a return to the original mission of public prosecution service (the independent protection of law). However, after the division of the Czechoslovakia in 1993 opinion plurality and the lack of a clear opinion on the nature of the public prosecution service resulted in the creation of two relatively different models – the model of prokuratúra in Slovakia and the model of státní zastupitelství in the Czech Republic. This is the reason why the author of this paper deals with the constitutional status of public prosecution service in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. He analyses public prosecution service as a constitutional institution in general and then by comparison he focuses on constitutional regulation of the Slovak and Czech public prosecution service. The final parts contain brief evaluation of the current legal status and some possible considerations de constitutione ferenda.


Journal Krytyka Prawa. Niezależne Studia nad Prawem 
Volume 14 
Issue 3 
Issue date 2022 
Type Article 
Language en
Pagination 149–167
DOI 10.7206/kp.2080-1084.546
ISSN 2080-1084
eISSN 2450-7938