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IV. ORGANISATION AND MODE OF WORK


Article 10
(The Mode of Work)

(1) The Constitutional Court decides on matters from within its jurisdiction at sessions, unless otherwise provided by the CCA or these Rules of Procedure.

(2) The Constitutional Court has three three-member panels for the examination of constitutional complaints. The division of work among the panels and the composition thereof is regulated by the Constitutional Court according to the work schedule.

(3) The Constitutional Court decides on questions that are connected with its organisation and work at administrative sessions.

Article 11
(The Work Schedule and Assignment of Cases)

(1) The schedule of sessions and the work schedule of Constitutional Court judges and advisors to the Constitutional Court (hereinafter referred to as advisors) are determined by the Constitutional Court by means of a work schedule adopted at an administrative session.

(2) The sessions of the Constitutional Court are as a general rule determined for a spring term lasting between 10 January and 15 July, and for an autumn term lasting between 10 September and 20 December.

(3) Panel sessions are as a general rule also held during the periods referred to in the preceding paragraph.

(4) Cases within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court are as a general rule assigned to Constitutional Court judges according to the alphabetical order of their last names. Constitutional complaint cases are assigned to Constitutional Court judges, with consideration of which panel they have been assigned to, as a general rule according to the alphabetical order of the last names of the members of the panel. D
etailed rules on assigning individual types of cases and the division of work between the panels and their composition are determined by the Constitutional Court by means of the work schedule for the spring and autumn terms.

(5) The work schedule is posted on a notice board, and the schedule of sessions, the method of assigning cases to the Constitutional Court judges, and the division of work between the panels of the Constitutional Court and their composition are also published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia and on the website of the Constitutional Court.

Article 12
(Working Bodies)

(1) The Constitutional Court has working bodies which are determined by these Rules of Procedure or established by a special act of the Constitutional Court.

(2) The Constitutional Court has the following working bodies:
- the Redaction Commission, which prepares the final texts of decisions and orders of the Constitutional Court, which the Constitutional Court adopts at sessions;
- the Studies Commission, which discusses various questions relating to the proceedings before the Constitutional Court and prepares the proposals of principled positions concerning such;
- the Economic and Organisational Issues Commission, which prepares the proposals of decisions for administrative sessions of the Constitutional Court, particularly in the fields of internal organisation, inventory, remunerations and reimbursements,
and the financial plan and its implementation; the Commission decides on
various questions in these fields when the general acts of the Constitutional Court so determine or on the basis of authorisation assigned at an administrative session;
- the Personnel Commission, which decides issues regarding employment, promotion, and appointment in accordance with the rules determined by the relevant general act of the Constitutional Court;
- the Appeals Commission, whose panels decide, in accordance with the relevant general act of the Constitutional Court, on appeals against decisions on the rights and obligations of employees of the Secretariat of the Constitutional Court who have the status of civil servants (hereinafter referred to as the court personnel),
and on the appeals of employment candidates against decisions in open competition procedures for the appointment of new officials;
- the Editorial Board of the Collected Decisions and Orders of the Constitutional Court.

(3) The composition of working bodies is determined by the Constitutional Court by a general act or a special order.

(4) If a working body is established by a special act, the field of work, the method of its work, and its composition are determined therewith.

Article 13
(The Secretariat)

(1) The Constitutional Court has a Secretariat, which is composed of the following organisational units: the Legal Advisory Department, the Analysis and International Cooperation Department, the Documentation and Information Technology Department, the Office of the Registrar, and the General and Financial Affairs Department.

(2) The Constitutional Court regulates the more detailed organisation of the Secretariat of the Constitutional Court, and the number, description, and requisite conditions of employment positions by a special act.

Article 14
(The Secretary General)

(1) The Secretary General manages the work of all services of the Secretariat and carries out other tasks determined by these Rules of Procedure, other acts of the Constitutional Court, and the orders and instructions of the President.

(2) The Secretary General is present at and, within the framework of his tasks, participates in sessions of the Constitutional Court and the work of the panels. The Secretary General is a member of the Redaction Commission and acts as the secretary thereof.

(3) The Secretary General is the head of the Constitutional Court as an authority with the status of a direct budget user and has the position of head of a state authority in relation to the employees of the Secretariat. The Secretary General may, pursuant to the law, authorise another person to exercise his powers.

(4) The Secretary General is appointed and dismissed by the Constitutional Court at an administrative session by a majority vote of all the Constitutional Court judges. The Secretary General is accountable to the President and the judges of the Constitutional Court.

(5) To be appointed to the position of Secretary General, an individual must hold a university degree in law, have passed the state legal examination, and hold a Master's Degree in Law, or the individual must hold a university degree in law and hold a Doctorate in Law, and in both instances have at least ten years of experience in a position for which a university degree in law is required.

Article 15
(The Deputy and the Assistant Secretary Generals)

(1) When absent from office, the Secretary General is substituted for by the Deputy Secretary General, who is appointed by the Constitutional Court upon the proposal of the Secretary General.

(2) Upon the proposal of the Secretary General, the Constitutional Court appoints one or more Assistant Secretary Generals to lead and manage the work of the advisors of the Constitutional Court, and to carry out other tasks within the competencies of the Secretary General.

Article 16
(Legal Advisory Department)

Within the Legal Advisory Department, advisors of the Constitutional Court prepare reports, draft decisions, orders, and opinions in cases within the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court and perform other expert work as necessary for consideration and deciding by the Constitutional Court. The employment position and rank of the advisors is determined by the act on the systemization of employment positions.

Article 17
(The Analysis and International Cooperation Department)

(1) Among its tasks, the Analysis and International Cooperation Department:
- gathers data and other information of a legal nature needed for the work of the Legal Advisory Department of the Constitutional Court;
- prepares comparative legal materials and analyses necessary for cases being considered by the Constitutional Court;
- prepares the legal basis for the constitutional court records;
- provides translations of Constitutional Court decisions into English; and
- performs tasks in the field of international cooperation.

(2) The Department is managed by the Head of the Department, who is appointed by the Constitutional Court upon the proposal of the Secretary General.

Article 18
(The Documentation and Information Technology Department)
 
(1) The Documentation and Information Technology Department ensures IT support for the work of the Constitutional Court, provides for the computer-supported operation of the Constitutional Court, maintains constitutional court records, and performs library services required by the Constitutional Court.

(2) The Department is managed by the Head of the Department, who is appointed by the Constitutional Court upon the proposal of the Secretary General.

Article 19
(The Office of the Registrar)

(1) The Office of the Registrar performs tasks connected to the acceptance and sending of applications, decisions, orders, and other documents, and to registers and other auxiliary books of the Constitutional Court, tasks connected with the management of files, the distribution of materials for the sessions of the Constitutional Court and panels, the publication of decisions and orders in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia and other official publications, and other tasks determined by the act on internal office operations.

(2) The Office of the Registrar is managed by the Head of the Office of the Registrar, who is appointed by the Constitutional Court upon the proposal of the Secretary General.


Article 20
(The General and Financial Affairs Department)

The General and Financial Affairs Department performs financial and accounting tasks, general legal and personnel management tasks, protocol and other related tasks, administrative tasks in connection with the education of court personnel, and other administrative and technical tasks required by the Constitutional Court.

Article 21
(The Director of the General and Financial Affairs Department)

(1) The Director of the General and Financial Affairs Department (hereinafter referred to as the Director of the Department) appointed by the Constitutional Court upon the proposal of the Secretary General manages the work of the General and Financial Affairs Department. The Director of the Department also performs other tasks as determined by the acts of the Constitutional Court.

(2) To be appointed to the position of the Director of the Department, an individual must fulfill the conditions determined by the act on the systemization of employment positions. 

Article 22
(Special Conditions of the Position of Court Personnel)

(1) Court personnel may not publicly express their opinions on questions which are the subject of cases pending before the Constitutional Court. Furthermore, they may not publicly comment on Constitutional Court decisions, except in academic works.

(2) Court personnel may not receive gifts in connection with their work at the Constitutional Court, while official gifts are regulated by the provisions of the act which regulates the position of civil servants.

(3) During a strike by court personnel, the following tasks, which in accordance with the law are essential for the performance of the necessary work of the Constitutional Court, must be ensured:
– tasks related to scheduled public hearings;
– tasks in cases which the Constitutional Court is considering and deciding on a priority basis in accordance with items 1, 2, and 3 of the second paragraph and item 3 of the third paragraph of Article 46 of these Rules of Procedure.