The Office of the State Prosecutor General

Units and Departments

 

Criminal Law Department

Andrej FERLINC
Head

Andrej FERLINC, Msc 
Supreme State Prosecutor/Counsellor

Prosecutors

dr. Zvonko FIŠER
PhD, Supreme State Prosecutor/Counsellor

Sanja JAVOR PAJENK
Supreme State Prosecutor/Counsellor

Barbara BREZIGAR
Supreme State Prosecutor/Counsellor

Boris OSTRUH
Supreme State Prosecutor

Anita VETERNIK
Local State Prosecutor

Hinko JENULL
Supreme State Prosecutor/Counsellor

Jože KOZINA Msc
Supreme State Prosecutor

Irena KUZMA
Supreme State Prosecutor

Janja VREČIČ PERHAVEC
Higher State Prosecutor

The Criminal Law Department of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Slovenia performs tasks in different areas and with different activities of the members of the department:

Work tasks in the field of treatment of criminal offences

Filing requirements for the protection of legality in criminal cases

The Criminal Law Department is responsible for receiving initiatives to file a request for protection of legality in criminal cases that are prosecuted ex officio, in private lawsuits or when an indictment is filed by a subsidiary prosecutor. Such initiatives can be accepted and a request for protection of legality filed, or they can be rejected and the person that initiated the request is immediately informed.

Handling cases where a request for the protection of legality is filed by a convict or accused

In such cases, the department receives a court file and a filed request for the protection of legality by the opposing party; it examines the matter and, together with its opinion on the filed request for the protection of legality, sends it to the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia.

Addressing issues that have been assigned to be dealt with at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Slovenia

The State Prosecutor General may decide that a certain matter of another prosecutor is to be assigned to be dealt with at the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Slovenia. Such criminal cases are dealt with by the Criminal Law Department.

Work tasks in the field of minor offences

The department deals with initiatives for filing a request for the protection of legality in cases of minor offences; if the initiative is accepted, a request for the protection of legality is filed; if it is not accepted, the initiator is notified on the reasons for the rejection.

Addressing initiatives on legal and practical issues of law enforcement

The department receives proposals to deal with legal and practical questions from both the police and state prosecutors. These questions are answered by the state prosecutor to whom the case is assigned, or the case is handled by a department board. The board adopts legal points of view that have the nature of advice for those who request them, but they are not binding.

Consideration of applications

The Criminal Law Department deals with different applications that need to be assessed in terms of criminal law. Most of these are applications assigned to be dealt with by the competent authorities.

Monitoring case law and publishing the descriptions of offences

The Criminal Law Department monitors case law in terms of both criminal offences and minor offences. After reviewing Supreme Court rulings, we mark the important descriptions of offences and publish them.

Other duties

In addition to the duties they have within the competences of a supreme state prosecutor before the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia and other above-mentioned activities, as members of the Training and Expert Supervision Department and Expert Information Centre supreme state prosecutors also perform tasks related to the work of these departments. Among others the Criminal Law Department coordinates the international activities in the relation with foreign state prosecutions and in the field of international organizations.

 

 

Civil and Administrative Affairs Department

Erika Panjtar
Head

Erika PANJTAR
Supreme State Prosecutor – Counsellor

Prosecutors

Aleš BUTALA
Supreme State Prosecutor – Counsellor

Barbara KNOL DROBNIČ
Supreme State Prosecutor – Counsellor

The Civil and Administrative Affairs Department of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office performs duties imposed on the state prosecutor's office by laws outside the scope of penal law, that is in civil and other judicial and administrative proceedings.

The basic competence in the field of civil law is filing requests for the protection of legality against court decisions concluded as final, subject to certain legal conditions. A request for protection of legality is an extraordinary legal remedy in the public interest. It is intended to bring to the Supreme Court cases which exceed the importance of the case in question and, therefore, a decision is expected regarding a legal issue which is important to ensure legal certainty and the uniform application of the law, or for the development of law through case law.

In order to protect the public interest, state prosecutors also have competences in the administrative field. They file individual legal remedies against decisions in administrative procedures and, according to certain laws, also suits in administrative disputes.

 

 

Training and Expert Supervision Department

Boris Ostruh
Head

Boris OSTRUH
Supreme State Prosecutor

Also assigned to the department are:

  • all supreme state prosecutors
  • temporarily and partially assigned state prosecutors by order of the State Prosecutor General of the Republic of Slovenia

The department of training and expert supervision performs expert supervision of the work of local, district and higher state prosecutors at district prosecutors' offices in the Republic of Slovenia and in the Specialised State Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Slovenia with the Section for the Investigation and Prosecution of Official Persons Having Special Authority.

It performs its function with general expert inspections of work of the district state prosecutors' offices and the specialised department at least once every three years, with partial supervisory inspections, which serve the State Prosecutor's Council as a basis for deciding on the assessment of the state prosecutor's service and the promotion of state prosecutors in the salary grade to a higher title, higher position or to the position of counsellor, with individual supervisory inspections of specific criminal cases, and by dealing with, and deciding on, supervisory complaints.

With its findings on the legality, professional regularity, expedience
of use of procedural authorisations and possibilities and timeliness of actions of state prosecutors in criminal matters, it is responsible for eliminating any deficiencies and errors and for transferring prosecutor's practices which inspections show as good to other prosecutors.

It also organises and leads the professional training of state prosecutors, expert associates and trainee state prosecutors.

 

 

Organisation and Management Development Department

Aleš Butala
Head

Aleš BUTALA 
Supreme State Prosecutor Counsellor

Prosecutors

Janja VREČIČ PERHAVEC
Higher State Prosecutor

Anita VETERNIK
Local State Prosecutor

The department for organisation and management development is responsible for improving the governance and management of state prosecutor's offices at the district state prosecutor's offices and in the Specialised State Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Slovenia with the Section for the Investigation and Prosecution of Official Persons Having Special Authority.

Under its authorisations, it analyses the existing practices of state prosecutors' offices, and on the basis of analyses advises state prosecutors in order to improve the efficiency of their operations. It is responsible for disseminating and encouraging the introduction of new good practices of state prosecutorial administration, and the introduction of modern methods of management and operation.

In matters of state prosecutorial administration, the department also oversees the timeliness of operations of state prosecutor's offices.

 

 

 

 

Expert Information Centre

Irena KUZMA
Supreme State Prosecutor

Deputy Head

Jure PEČOVNIK
Higher State Prosecutor

Prosecutors

Anita VETERNIK
Local State Prosecutor

Goran VEJNOVIĆ
Local State Prosecutor

Tasks within the jurisdiction of the Expert Information Centre are performed by all supreme and higher state prosecutors and assigned state prosecutors at the higher state prosecutor's office, and prosecutorial staff. When on call or standby, the duties of the contact point are carried out by an on-duty state prosecutor of the Specialised State Prosecutor's Office as a state prosecutor who within these competences is deemed to be assigned to the Expert Information Centre.

The basic task of the Expert Information Centre is to provide support in areas defined by the State Prosecutor Act for the effective functioning of the state prosecutor's office.

The Expert Information Centre provides information and communication support within the state prosecutor's office and also externally with other state bodies regarding criminal and other matters (for example, with the police, courts), as well as in the international field with other countries and international organisations.

The Expert Information Centre is the contact point for issues of international cooperation on criminal matters regarding temporary insurance, seizure and confiscation of objects and proceeds and assets of illicit origin.

The Expert Information Centre provides expert assistance (e.g., in the field of tax, financial, accounting and other professions) for the effective functioning of state prosecutors in directing, detecting and prosecuting criminal offenders.

In the field of recording and dealing with legal problems of an expert nature, the Expert Information Centre cooperates with the Criminal Law Department and the Training and Expert Supervision Department. 
The Expert Information Centre participates in issuing a Joint Annual Report on the operations of state prosecutors' offices, the organisation of Internet websites of the state prosecutor's office and in issuing the newsletters of the prosecutor's office.