Supreme Court scratches its own back; Miklos loses

A final seal has been put on the ongoing feud between finance minister Ivan Miklos and Supreme Court chairman Stefan Harabin after the appeals senate of the Supreme Court itself ruled that the Ministry of Finance has no right to audit Harabin’s court.

Supreme Court SR (c) The Daily

Miklos’ ministry had several attempts to audit the Supreme Court thwarted by Harbin last year, and an initial first instance verdict made by the Regional Court of Bratislava in January judged that an audit of the Supreme Court was not the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance.

Now the Supreme Court has overruled an appeal made by Miklos against the Regional Court’s decision, as could be expected, give the control that Stefan Harbin has over its workings. In its justification, the Supreme Court stated: “The Supreme Court is not and cannot be classed as a public authority as it is the supreme judicial body”. As it is not classed as a public authority, control over it therefore does not fall to the Ministry of Finance.

Following the ruling, Supreme Court chairman Stefan Harabin said he would now expect finance minister Ivan Miklos and also justice minister Lucia Zitnanska to resign from their posts. Harabin says he expects them to accept full moral and ethical responsibility for their actions.

Both the REgional Court and now the appeals senate of the Supreme Court both agree that the authority responsible for auditing the Supreme Court is the Supreme Audit Office.

In response to the verdict, Ivan Miklos noted that it was hardly surprising for him as the Supreme Court essentially ruled about itself.  “What verdict did you expect?” he retorted to journalists.


  1. […] tried to impose a EUR 33,000 fine on Harabin for his actions, but at the end of April the Supreme Court ruled itself upheld a ruling of Bratislava Regional Court that the Ministry of Finance did not have the jurisdiction to carry out audits at the Supreme […]

  2. […] The coalition would like to see Stefan Harabin ousted from the position of power he has dug himself into in the justice system, but Harabin is an expert at holding on and making counter-attacks. He recently won a battle against finance minister Ivan Miklos, who was hoping to audit the Supreme Court. Harabin managed to get his way, though, as the Supreme Court, which he controls, ruled on the case. […]

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