Yesterday, the Special Public Prosecutor’s Office requested that the president of the Supreme Court, Jovo Vangelovski be excluded because he is part of the wiretapped conversations that were released by SDSM which occurred when he was the president of the Court.

As this concerns the president of the highest court in the country i.e. there is no higher judicial authority, the law has determined that his exclusion will be decided by the Supreme Court at a general session.

The Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia at a general session will decide upon a request for the exclusion of the president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia (Article 37 of the Judicial Law)

This issue is regulated by the current Law for a Criminal Procedure (LCP):

If an exclusion is requested only for the president of the court or the president of the court and the judge or a judge- jury, the decision for exclusion is made by the president of the higher court and if an exclusion of the president of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia is requested, the decision for the exclusion will be made at a general session of that court (Article 36, Paragraph 2 of the LCP).