Application no. 2287/03
by Rudolf KREJČÍK
against the Czech Republic
The European Court of Human Rights (Second Section), sitting on 6 September 2005 as a Chamber composed of:
Mr J.-P. Costa, President,
Mr I. Cabral Barreto,
Mr K. Jungwiert,
Mr V. Butkevych,
Mr M. Ugrekhelidze,
Mrs A. Mularoni,
Mrs E. Fura-Sandström, judges,
and Mrs S. Dollé, Section Registrar,
Having regard to the above application lodged on 16 January 2003,
Having regard to the decision to apply Article 29 § 3 of the Convention and examine the admissibility and merits of the case together.
Having regard to the formal declaration accepting a friendly settlement of the case.
Having regard to the observations submitted by the respondent Government,
Having deliberated, decides as follows:
The applicant, Mr Rudolf Krejčík, is a Czech national who was born in 1945 and lives in Řevnice. He is represented before the Court by Mr V. Vlk, a lawyer practising in Prague.
The facts of the case, as submitted by the parties, may be summarised as follows:
On 17 October 1995 the Prague-West District Court (okresní soud), upon the applicant’s request of 9 October 1995, ordered Mr M. to pay CZK 13,000 (EUR 419) with default interest to the applicant.
Between 1996 and February 2005 the court conducted execution proceedings, during which the applicant was paid the sum of CZK 23,188 (EUR 771).
The applicant originally complained under Article 6 § 1 of the Convention about the delays in the execution proceedings and under Article 1 of Protocol No. 1 that, due to the lengthy execution proceedings, he was deprived of his property.
On 28 June 2005 the Court received the following declaration signed by the legal representatives of the parties:
[Translation of the Government]
“The Government of the Czech Republic, represented before the European Court of Human Rights by their Agent Mr. Vít Alexander Schorm (“the Government”),
Mr. Rudolf Krejčík (“the Applicant”), represented by his counsel Mr. Václav Vlk,
1. they have reached a friendly settlement of case No. 2287/03 – Rudolf Krejčík v. the Czech Republic (“the Application”);
2. the Government will pay to the Applicant a total amount of 44,000 Czech crowns (in words “forty-four thousand Czech crowns”) [about 1,463 euros], within three months from the date of the notification of the judgment delivered by the European Court of Human Rights (“the Court”) pursuant to Article 39 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (“the Convention”), to a bank account that the Applicant will specify to the Ministry of Justice without undue delay upon request;
3. the above-mentioned sum is to cover any damage that might have been caused to the Applicant by the Czech Republic through its authorities, including legal expenses;
4. if the above-mentioned amount is not paid within the designated time of three months from the date of the notification of the Court’s judgment, then from the expiry date, a simple interest on the amount shall be paid at an annual rate equal to the marginal lending rate of the European Central Bank plus three percentage points;
5. the Applicant waives any further claims against the Czech Republic based on the facts of the proceedings before the Court on the basis of the Application, and regards this friendly settlement as the final settlement of the Application; ...”
The Court takes note of the friendly settlement reached between the parties. It is satisfied that the settlement is based on respect for human rights as defined in the Convention and its Protocols and finds no public policy reasons to justify a continued examination of the application (Article 37 § 1 in fine of the Convention). Accordingly, Article 29 § 3 of the Convention should no longer apply to the case and it should be struck out of the list.
For these reasons, the Court unanimously
Decides to strike the application out of its list of cases.
S. Dollé J.-P.
KREJČÍK v. THE CZECH REPUBLIC DECISION
KREJČÍK v. THE CZECH REPUBLIC DECISION