The Influence of Political Parties on the Third Power

  •  Stefan Machura    


It is inevitable that the political parties exert some influence on courts since courts are entrusted with major political functions and it is parties which organize political actions. However, there is much concern about illicit practices in various states. Factors of the political structure and the “institutional design” of the state, the career paths and inner mechanics of the legal institutions and a nation’s legal culture shape the degree of party power on the courts and the prosecutorial service.

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