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Fiches Belges
Measure Implementation
Measure possibility

Legal Framework
Applicable Framework

Competent authority
Execute/recognise measure

Accepted Languages

Execution Deadline

Legal info
Special requirements
Other information

Fiches Belges: Slowacja

Przesłuchanie świadków – procedura standardowa (702)



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. Everyone is obliged to give a testimony to the effect what is known to that person about an offence and on the offender or on the circumstances essential for the criminal proceedings (§ 127 of the Code of Criminal Procedure). Due to the reasons precisely specified in the law, the witness is entitled to refuse testimony (§ 130 of the Code of Criminal Procedure). The witness must not be heard about any circumstances which represent a secret, unless the witness is released from this obligation by a competent authority. The witness must not be heard in the event his testimony would violate the confidentiality imposed or recognised by the law or an international agreement, unless the witness is released from this obligation (§ 129 of the Code of Criminal Procedure).



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.



* 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)

Realisation of this task in the preliminary proceedings falls within the competence of the police body, prosecutor, or by the judge, prosecutor or attorney in the court action.



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.



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




a. Special requirements


b. Other useful information

Widely applied institute. This act of judicial assistance may be performed according to a foreign legal regulation, unless the requested procedure is contrary to the interests protected by Article 481 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Assistance or participation of agents of the requesting State in the execution of the measure is admissible. 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 lipiec 2016 by Sekretariat EJN

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