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TRANSLATION AND LEGAL REVISION OF HISTORIC CASE-LAW

 

The historic case-law selected for the 2004 accession countries consists of 948 judgments and orders of the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance (1956 – April 2004). In 2001, an initial tranche of 869 documents was officially sent to the candidate countries in order to be translated into national languages.

 

In April 2002, the European Commission (TAIEX – Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument) set up a project to support the translation of historic case-law into the new languages. A selection of 57 judgments from the first tranche was translated at the European Commission’s expense and revised by revisers in the Translation Centres in the course of a number of seminars organised at the Court and financed by TAIEX. That project gave the translation of historic case-law in the acceding States the necessary impetus and fostered cooperation between the Translation Directorate of the Court and the national Centres. Representatives of the Government Office for Legislation attended these seminars, as the same Office was actively involved in the process of translating and revising the primary and secondary legislation. In the course of that supporting action, TAIEX, in collaboration with the Court, also developed a documentary data base, Jurisvista, which sets out the legal and documentary information available on the judgments and orders that have been selected.

 

Since no deadline for the finalisation of 869 documents was set up, the translation and legal revision of historic case-law into Slovene was not a priority of the Slovenian Government which focused, in the pre-accession period, on the translation of legislative acts of the EC/EU and the harmonisation of national law. However, the project was finally approved in 2007 (Government Decision no. 02500-1/2007/9 of 3 March 2007). The responsibility of implementing it has been conferred to Government Office for Legislation. The framework deadline tor finishing the project is the end of the year 2011.