Justice Denied: Roma in the criminal justice system of Slovakia
07 February 2023
This report on Roma in the criminal justice system of Slovakia is one of four country reports produced by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in partnership with Fair Trials which examine the impact of anti-Roma racism and the extent to which institutional discrimination is embedded in the criminal justice systems.
Despite the lack of reliable ethnically disaggregated data, most of those interviewed for this research agreed that Roma were overrepresented in the criminal justice system. Police officers that were interviewed estimated that Roma accounted for between 30% and 80% of those arrested within their precincts. Lawyers estimated that Roma accounted for between 20% and 50% of criminal cases in their respective practices.