The Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) plenary has issued a negative opinion regarding the draft bill regarding the Government Emergency Ordinance on extending the term in office of the Judicial Inspectorate chiefs, given that their term is over.
The issuing of the ordinance was requested by the PSD leader, Liviu Dragnea, ziare.com reports.
The CSM plenary on Thursday ended in balanced vote: 8 ‘for favourable’ opinion and 9 ‘against’ a positive opinion.
The Government adopted the emergency ordinance on September 5, without the CSM opinion.
Social-democrat chairman, Liviu Dragnea, had requested that the ordinance comes into force as soon as possible, suggesting it could be done without the CSM opinion.
GEO 77/2018 to complete article 67 of Law no. 317/2004 regarding the Superior Council of Magistracy provides the prolongation of the term in office for the Judicial Inspectorate chiefs, Judge Lucian Netejoru and Prosecutor Gheorghe Stan, whose terms in office have expired.
According to the quoted source, the two are considered close persons to Oana Schmidt Haineala, the head of the Justice Ministry’s Control Body, also one of the trusted persons for Justice Minister Tudorel Toader. Ziare.com claims the Judicial Inspectorate has become a ‘powerful arm’ of Tudorel Toader and of the incumbent political power against the critical and uncomfortable magistrates.