Justice Day: Latest years, marked by repeated attempts to subordinate the judiciary, President Iohannis says

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President Klaus Iohannis has said, in a message on Sunday on the occasion of the Justice Day, that the latest years have been marked by repeated attempts to subordinate the judiciary to politics, by unexpected amendments to the legislation, to the statute of magistrates and to the criminal laws and these attempts have led to a prompt reaction of citizens and magistrates.

“In democratic societies, independent justice system is the fundamental guarantee to justice and social balance. The essence of the rule of law is to observe the laws and to ensure a fair justice to all citizens. (…) The latest years have been marked by repeated attempts to subordinate justice to politics, by unexpected amendments to the justice system and to the statute of magistrates and to the criminal laws. The assaults have led to the prompt reaction of the citizens, magistrates, who have defended with dignity the values that define their mission, of the political forces attached to democratic principles and of the European institutions,” President Iohannis said.

The head of state said the impressive turnout to the referendum on May 26 shows that Romanians support the European values.

President Iohannis said the reforms carried out in the field of justice and the progress in the fight against corruption should not be questioned by the current steps in the field of legislation and administration that want to make them relative.

“The Romanian society needs to have authentic public debates on the current challenges the judiciary system is facing, from the burden on courts, the lack of logistics facilities, the need for IT endowment, with direct impact on solving the causes with celerity. The entire debate should have the focus on observing the rights and freedoms of the citizen, and also a long term vision, without which this public service, meaning the judiciary, cannot carry out its mission,” the President said.

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