Constitutional Court of Slovenia

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The Constitutional Court of Slovenia (in Slovene: Ustavno sodišče Republike Slovenije, US RS) is a special court established by the Slovenian Constitution. Since its inception, the Court has been located in the city of Ljubljana.



Most powers of the Constitutional Court are explicitly determined by the Constitution. In accordance with the Constitution, the Constitutional Court decides in particular on the conformity of laws (and other statutory instruments) with the Constitution (and with laws, respectively), on constitutional complaints of violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms by individual acts, on jurisdictional disputes between various state actors, on the unconstitutionality of the acts and activities of political parties, on appeals against a decision of the National Assembly regarding the confirmation of the election of deputies, on the accountability of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister, and ministers, as well as on the conformity of a treaty with the Constitution in the process of ratifying the treaty.

Under the Constitution, other matters may also be vested in the Constitutional Court by law. In accordance with this provision the Constitutional Court decides, inter alia, on appeals against a National Assembly decision on the election of Slovenian members to the European Parliament, on the admissibility of a National Assembly decision not to call a referendum on the confirmation of constitutional amendments, or on a request of the National Assembly to review the constitutionality of possible consequences of the suspension of the implementation of a law or due to a law not being adopted in a referendum.


The Constitutional Court has several strictly defined procedures in which cases may be brought before it.

Landmark decisions

Judges of the Court

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1Dr. Janez Šinkovec


25 June 19918 January 19986 years, 197 days1stPresident Milan Kučan
2Dr. Lovro Šturm


25 June 199119 December 19987 years, 177 days1stPresident of the Court (1997-1998)
3Dr. Peter Jambrek


25 June 199119 December 19987 years, 177 days1stPresident of the Court (1991-1994)
4Dr. Anton Perenič


25 June 199130 September 19921 year, 97 days1st
5Dr. Anton (Tone) Jerovšek


25 June 199119 December 19987 years, 177 days1stPresident of the Court (1994-1997)
6 Matevž Krivic


25 June 199119 December 19987 years, 177 days1st
7 Janez Snoj


12 February 199231 March 19986 years, 47 days1st
8Dr. Lojze Ude


25 May 199324 May 20028 years, 364 days1st
9Dr. Boštjan M. Zupančič


25 May 199331 October 19987 years, 128 days1stJudge of the ECHR
10 Franc Testen


25 May 199324 May 20028 years, 364 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (4) Perenič

President of the Court (1998-2001)
11Dr. Miroslava Geč-Korošec


9 January 19981 October 20007 years, 177 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (1) Šinkovec

12Dr. Dragica Wedam Lukić


1 April 199831 March 20078 years, 364 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (7) Snoj

President of the Court (2001-2004)
13Dr. Janez Čebulj


31 October 199827 March 20089 years, 148 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (3) Jambrek

President of the Court (2004-2007)
14 Lojze Janko


31 October 199831 October 20079 years, 0 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (6) Krivic

15Dr. Mirjam Škrk


31 October 199827 March 20088 years, 364 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (2) Šturm

16 Milojka Modrijan


1 November 199820 November 20078 years, 364 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (9) Zupančič

17Dr. Zvonko Fišer


18 December 199827 March 20089 years, 100 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (5) Jerovšek

18Dr. Franc Grad


1 April 200731 January 2008305 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (12) Wedam Lukić

President Janez Drnovšek
19Dr. Ciril Ribičič


19 December 200018 December 20098 years, 364 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (11) Geč-Korošec

20 Jože Tratnik


25 May 200217 July 20119 years, 53 days2nd

Succeeding Judge (8) Ude

President of the Court (2007-2010)
21 Marija Krisper Kramberger


25 May 200213 September 20108 years, 111 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (10) Testen

22 Miroslav Mozetič


31 October 200730 October 20168 years, 365 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (14) Janko

President of the Court (2013-2016)
23 Marta Klampfer


20 November 200719 November 20168 years, 365 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (16) Modrijan

24Dr. Mitja Deisinger


27 March 200826 March 20178 years, 364 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (17) Fišer

President Danilo Türk
25 Jasna Pogačar


27 March 200826 March 20178 years, 364 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (13) Čebulj

26 Jan Zobec


27 March 200826 March 20178 years, 364 days4th

Succeeding Judge (18) Grad

27Dr. Ernest Petrič


25 April 200824 April 20178 years, 364 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (15) Škrk

President of the Court (2010-2013)
28Dr. Jadranka Sovdat


19 December 200918 December 20188 years, 364 days4th

Succeeding Judge (19) Ribičič

Secretary of the Court (1999-2009)

Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana

President of the Court (2016-2018)

29Dr. Etelka Korpič-Horvat


29 September 201027 September 20199 years, 260 days4th

Succeeding Judge (21) Krisper Kramberger

30Dr. Dunja Jadek Pensa


15 July 2011Incumbent8 years, 336 days3rd

Succeeding Judge (20) Tratnik

31Dr. Špelca Mežnar


31 October 2016Incumbent3 years, 228 days4th

Succeeding Judge (22) Mozetič

President Borut Pahor
32 Marko Šorli


20 November 2016Incumbent3 years, 208 days4th

Succeeding Judge (23) Klampfer

Supreme Judge

President of the Judicial Council

33Dr. Marijan Pavčnik


27 March 2017Incumbent3 years, 80 days4th

Succeeding Judge (24) Deisinger

Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana

Member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

34Dr. Matej Accetto


27 March 2017Incumbent3 years, 80 days4th

Succeeding Judge (25) Pogačar

Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana
35DDr. Klemen Jaklič


27 March 2017Incumbent3 years, 80 days5th

Succeeding Judge (26) Zobec

Professor of Law at the Harvard University
36Dr. Rajko Knez


27 March 2017Incumbent3 years, 80 days4th

Succeeding Judge (27) Petrič

Professor of Law at the University of Maribor

President of the Court (2018-)

37Dr. Katja Šugman Stubbs


19 December 2018Incumbent1 year, 179 days5th

Succeeding Judge (28) Sovdat

Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana
38Dr. Rok Čeferin


27 September 2019Incumbent262 days5th

Succeeding Judge (29) Korpič-Horvat

Professor of Law at the University of Ljubljana


Marko ŠorliMilojka ModrijanJože TratnikJan ZobecDrgaica Wedam-LikućŠpelca MežnarLojze JankoMarijan PavčnikZvonko FišerEtelka Korpič-HorvatFranc TestenMatej AccettoJanez ČebuljRajko KnezMirjam ŠkrkJadranka SovdatMiroslava Gec-KorošecMarta KlampferBoštjan M. ZupančičDunja Jadek PensaLojze UdeKlemen JakličFranc GradJanez SnojMiroslav MozetičMatevž KrivicMitja DeisingerAnton JerovšekČeferinMarija Krisper KrambergerAnton PereničJasna PogačarPeter JambrekErnest PetričLovro ŠturmKatja Šugman-StubbsCiril RibičičJanez ŠinkovecConstitutional Court of Slovenia

Presidents of the Court

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1Dr. Peter Jambrek 25 June 199124 April 1994
2Dr. Tone Jerovšek 25 April 199424 April 1997
3Dr. Lovro Šturm 25 April 199730 October 1998
4 Franc Testen 11 November 199810 November 2001
5Dr. Dragica Wedam Lukić 11 November 200110 November 2004
6Dr. Janez Čebulj 11 November 200410 November 2007
7 Jože Tratnik 11 November 200710 November 2010
8Dr. Ernest Petrič 11 November 201010 November 2013
9 Miroslav Mozetič 11 November 201330 October 2016
10Dr. Jadranka Sovdat 31 October 201618 December 2018
11Dr. Rajko Knez 18 December 2018Incumbent

Secretaries-General of the Court

1 Milan Baškovič 25 June 199128 February 1993
2Dr. Janez Čebulj 1 May 199330 October 1998
3 Jadranka Sovdat 29 January 199918 December 2009
4Dr. Erik Kerševan 1 February 201031 July 2012
5Dr. Sebastian Nerad 3 October 2012Incumbent

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