The Public Defender of Rights is an independent body of the Slovak Republic which, to the extent and in the manner prescribed by law, protects the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural and legal persons in proceedings before public administration bodies and other public authorities if their actions, decisions or inactions are in conflict with order. In cases provided by law, the Public Defender of Rights may participate in the exercise of the liability of persons acting in public authorities, if these persons have violated a fundamental right or freedom of natural and legal persons. All public authorities will provide the necessary cooperation to the Ombudsman.

(Article 151a (1) of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic)