Monday´s Comment
Civil Code as a scarecrow
29. 9. 2014

Legal professionals have shared a strong issue for nine months now, namely the Civil Code. It raises its head almost every time two lawyers meet. Obviously, no other legal matter has stirred more passion to date.

Legal professionals have shared a strong issue for nine months now, namely the Civil Code. It raises its head almost every time two lawyers meet. Obviously, no other legal matter has stirred more passion to date. It seems fairly logical: a more sweeping code has not been served to the public in our modern history. I am convinced it is good we have a new civil code. Whoever believes the old one from 1964 would do if properly amended is wrong. Suffice it to read the grounds for the old code (Parliament Print 156, National Assembly of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic 1963) to realize that it emanated from a different societal situation, so cruel to this nation.

Now we have a new Civil Code and, true to our tradition, we make haste to amend it. Calls for the removal of its serious, legislatively erroneous aspects are to be understood. But how should one cope with the insistence of often the lay element, as presented by a group led by R. Pelikán? I run a private list of those who attack the new code without ever reading it first. I was amused by reactions of the type: “I won’t read such stupidities; it’s all in the papers.” A typical Czech will scorn anything and shape his views from what the media parrot. But what would happen if an analysis was made at first on such a complex issue with the use of the “historical memory” of the authors of the original draft, giving way to practical findings and staging an expert debate, which would suggest modifications and changes in order to accept or reject the situation extant? This concerns not only the Civil Code.

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