Guide through the Constitutional Court

1. What is the Constitutional Court?

The Constitutional Court is an independent and autonomous state authority which carries out constitutional review – it is the highest body of the judiciary for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Slovenia and a guardian of constitutionality and legality.The decisions of the Constitutional Court are binding. In relation to other state authorities, the Constitutional Court is an autonomous and independent state authority. The seat of the Constitutional Court is in Ljubljana.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answer

26. Where can Constitutional Court decisions be accessed?

(1) Decisions of the Constitutional Court adopted in proceedings for the review of the constitutionality or legality of regulations are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia and in the official publication in which the respective regulation was published.

(2) Decisions and opinions of the Constitutional Court adopted in other cases from within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, unless the Constitutional Court decides otherwise for decisions adopted in constitutional complaint cases and jurisdictional dispute cases.

(3) Orders or decisions of the Constitutional Court adopted at plenary sessions are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia if the Constitutional Court so decides, whereas orders of the Constitutional Court adopted at panel sessions are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia if the panel which adopted the order so decides.

(4) Decisions and opinions of the Constitutional Court are published in the Collected Decisions and Orders of the Constitutional Court if the Constitutional Court does not decide otherwise.

(5) Orders of the Constitutional Court are published in the Collected Decisions and Orders of the Constitutional Court if it is decided that they are published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. If it is decided that they are not published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, they are published in the Collected Decisions and Orders of the Constitutional Court only if the Constitutional Court so decides or, in constitutional complaint cases, if a panel so decides. 

(6) All decisions of the Constitutional Court, i.e. decisions and orders which contain a statement of reasons, adopted in cases from within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court, have been regularly published on the website of the Constitutional Court since 1991. To access the search form, click here. All decisions and orders which contain a statement of reasons adopted in cases from within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court are also published in the IUS-INFO databases.

(7) Anyone may use the library of the Constitutional Court during office hours to inspect the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, the Collected Decisions and Orders of the Constitutional Court, and the computer database of the Constitutional Court, which contain the decisions and orders adopted by the Constitutional Court.