Civil Code debated in third reading


Legislators in the lower house are to debate the new Civil Code in a third reading on Friday in a special meeting of the lower house called to sidestep obstructive efforts by the opposition. The bill, which covers 3,000 paragraphs making it the most extensive modification of Czech legislation in 50 years, deals with questions of private and family law, property issues, contract law and inheritance. Justice Minister Jiŕí Pospíšil has strongly backed the bill, saying the country needed a civil code for the “21st century”. But critics, such as members of the opposition Social Democrats, charge the legislation will largely create legal confusion.