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CSM prosecutors want to have the first say in appointing and recalling heads of prosecutor’s offices

Amid dispute between the President and the Justice minister on who is more appropriate to recall the chief prosecutors, the Prosecutors section within the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) have sent the minister of Justice and the chairman of the special committee on justice laws an amendment on the article that stipulates the nomination and the dismissal of the prosecutor’s offices’ chiefs. More precisely, CSM wants to be the one to propose the nomination or the recall of the people at the helm of the prosecutor’s offices.

The Superior Council of Magistracy also requires that it should  not have just an advisory opinion in naming the chief prosecutors, but a mandatory opinion.

More precisely, CSM wants to have the first say in appointing the chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), as well as in naming their direct deputies.

According to the amendment, the Justice Minister would give his opinion on the CSM proposal and the Romanian president would proceed with the appointment, by presidential decree.

CSM also asks that a similar procedure should be followed in the case of the Public Ministry (the General Prosecutor’s Office).

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