Authorities

 Slovakia - Central Authority (Art. 2) and practical information
Address

Central Authority(ies):

Ministry of Justice 

Contact details:
Address: Ministry of Justice
Zupné námestie 13
813 11 Bratislava
Slovaquie
Telephone: +421 2 59 353 549
Fax: +421 2 59 353 604
E-mail: [email protected]
General website: http://www.justice.gov.sk/
Contact person: JUDr. Tatiana Hacková
Mgr. Martina Kállayová
Languages spoken by staff: Slovak, English, French, Czech, German

Practical Information
(The following information was provided by the relevant State authorities or was obtained from the replies to the Evidence Convention Questionnaires
Blocking statutes: Yes, there are two European instruments of this nature:

Council Regulation (EC) No 2271/96 of 22 November 1996 protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country, and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (see, Article 5(1)).

Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (See, Art. 25(1)).

Chapter I
(Letters of Requests)
Transmission of Letters of Requests: Letters of Request are sent directly from a judicial authority in the requesting State to the Central Authority of the requested State.
Authority responsible for informing of the time and place of the execution of Letter of Request (Art. 7): Judicial authority competent to execute the request.
Presence of judicial personnel at the execution of the Letter of Request (Art. 8): No declaration of applicability.
Privileges and duties existing under the law of States other than the State of origin and the State of execution (Art. 11): No declaration of applicability.
Translation requirements (Arts 4(2) and 33):  Accepts Letters of Requests written in or translated into Slovak, French and English.
Costs relating to execution of the Letters of Request (Arts 14(2)(3) and 26): Slovakia has not sought any reimbursement of costs under Arts 14(2).

There are no constitutional limitations with regard to the reimbursement of fees and costs, in connection with the execution of Letters of Request, for the service of process necessary to compel the appearance of a person to give evidence, the costs of attendance of such persons, and the costs of any transcript of the evidence (Art. 26).

Time for execution: 2-4 months
Art 23 pre-trial discovery of documents: Letter of Request may be executed (no declaration).
Information about domestic rules on the taking of evidence:  European Judicial Network in Civil or Commercial Matters - Slovakia
Witness examination under Chapter I
Should Letters of Request include specific questions to be used during witness examination or only a list of matters to be addressed? Il n'est pas obligatoire d'inclure les questions exactes dans la commission rogatoire. Cependant, nous trouvons plus convenable que les questions exactes soient incluses dans la commission rogatoire.
Is it a public or private hearing? Public hearing.
Do the judicial authorities "blue-pencil" Letters of Requests (i.e. rephrase, restructure and / or strike out objectionable questions or offensive wording so that a Letter of Request may be executed under the laws of the requested State)? No.
Is the witness provided in advance with a copy of the questions / matters to be addressed as contained in the Letter of Request? No.
Are documents produced by the witness authenticated by the court? No.
Is an oath generally administered to the witness? No.
Can the witness be made subject to further examination and recall? Yes, but a second Request is necessary.
Are there sanctions for non-appearance of witness? Dans les affaires nationales, le témoin s'expose à une amande pouvant s'élever à 1640 euros, à l´assistance de la police, à la prise en charge des frais de justice. Il est contesté, si les mêmes sanctions peuvent être utilisées dans le contexte d´un commission rogatoire.
Must interpreters who assist with the witness examination be court-certified? Yes.
How is the testimony transcribed? On fait un procès-verbal qui est signé par le témoin.
Chapter II
(Taking of evidence by diplomatic officers, consular agents and commissioners)
Article 15 Applicable. 
Article 16 Applicable (no permission required subject to reciprocity). Where permission required, see competent authority.
Article 17 Applicable. See competent authority.
Article 18 Applicable subject to reciprocity. See Competent Authority.
Taking of evidence by video-links
(under either chapter)
 
Chapter I
Are there legal obstacles to the use of video links? No. Actuellement, l'utilisation de la liaison vidéo n'est pas prévue par notre Code de procédure civile, mais la nouvelle version du Code qui entrera en vigueur en octobre 2008 prévoit la possibilité d'ordonner l'audience en utilisant la technique de la visioconférence. C'est-à-dire que les équipements de visioconférence seront disponibles dans les tribunaux. Au contraire, cette technologie est utilisée à l'heure actuelle dans les affaires pénales.
Technology used: No information available.
Level of interpretation required: No information available.
Simultaneous or in sequence interpretation: No information available.
Interpretation required in which jurisdiction? No information available.
Who pays for the interpretation? No information available.
How would a request for evidence be handled if witness not willing? No information available.
Chapter II
Are there legal obstacles to the use of video links? No.
Technology used: No information available.
Level of interpretation required: No information available.
Simultaneous or in sequence interpretation: No information available.
Interpretation required in which jurisdiction? No information available.
Who pays for the interpretation? No information available.
Bilateral or multilateral agreements Bilateral conventions on judicial co-operation: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland,  Republic of Moldova,  Russian Federation, Serbia, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Yemen.

Council Regulation (EC) No. 1206/2001 of 28 May 2001 on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters

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