Fiches Belges
Measure Implementation
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Legal Framework
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Competent authority
Request/decision
Execute/recognise measure

Accepted Languages
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Execution Deadline
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Legal info
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Fiches Belges: Slovakia

Hearing persons collaborating with the inquiry (706)

1. MEASURE IMPLEMENTATION

Slovakia

Is this measure possible in your Member State under International Judicial Cooperation?

Yes, a letter of request for international judicial assistance in criminal matters is essential. There is no special procedure. The standard procedure of hearing a witness (or the accused) applies in such a case. However, if the witnesses residing abroad cannot or do not want to appear for examination but are ready to testify, and where the competent authority of the foreing State provides necessary legal assistance, or in case of endangered witnesses or protected witnesses who are granted assistance under separate legislation, the hearing may be conducted by using technical devices for the transmission of sound or images (§ 134 of the Code of the Criminal Procedure).

2. LEGAL FRAMEWORK

Slovakia

International legal framework applicable for this measure in your Member State

European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of April 20, 1959. First and Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of April 20, 1959. Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union of May 29, 2000. In case of existence, the bilateral or other multilateral treaty covering the specific subject matter may be applicable. In the absence of legal framework, the principle of reciprocity may be applicable.

3. COMPETENT AUTHORITY TO:

Slovakia

* receive the request/decision for judicial cooperation

District prosecutor´s Office, Regional prosecutor´s office. General Prosecutor´s Ofice and the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic are the competent central authorities for the transmission of the request for the mutual assistance.

* execute/recognise the measure (if other than the receiving authority)

Competent criminal authority depending on the stage of proceedings.

4. ACCEPTED LANGUAGES

Slovakia

Accepted languages for the request/decision

Official translation into the Slovak language. When proceeding according to European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters of April 20, 1959 or its protocols one of the official languages of the Council of Europe may be used. Language regime may be modified according to the relevant bilateral treaty.

5. EXECUTION DEADLINE

Slovakia

Deadlines for the execution of the request/decision (where applicable)

N/A

6. CONCISE LEGAL PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Slovakia

a. Special requirements

N/A

b. Other useful information

If a foreign authority requests the performance of an interrogation/interviewing or another act of legal assistance by the court due to the application of the act in the criminal proceedings in the requesting State, the public prosecutor shall submit the letters rogatory of a foreign authority to this extent to the District Court under which jurisdiction the act of legal assistance is to be performed, for processing. If the subject of the letters rogatory is solely an act which is to be performed by the court, the Ministry of Justice shall serve the request directly to the competent court.

Last reviewed on 6 July 2016 by EJN Secretariat

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