181 magistrates send letter to Justice Minister, voice support for the Prosecutor General

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181 prosecutors and judges have sent a letter where they slam Justice Minister Tudorel Toader for his statements made against the Public Ministry and Romania’s Prosecutor General.

Magistrates voice their support for the Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar and for the Prosecutors Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM).

Besides the 181 magistrates, there are also 29 judiciary auditors who also voiced their discontent and concern regarding the Justice minister’s recent statements, according to which the Public Ministry (Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice) is moving away from its constitutional role.

Toader has started the assessment procedure of the Prosecutor General’s activity last week, announcing he will reveal the results of the evaluation in 30 days.

The Prosecutors Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) has reacted on Tuesday, following the statements made by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, who said the Public Ministry has distanced itself from its constitutional role of guaranteeing the citizens’ rights, and says such statements are serious for the judiciary and question the credibility of the institution.

The Prosecutors Section has taken note with concern of the public statements made the Minister of Justice on August 27, 2018, according to which ‘the Public Ministry has gradually distanced itself from its constitutional role (…) has progressively moved away from the role of guaranteeing the citizens’ rights and freedoms’. These statements, which accredit the idea that prosecutors carry on their activity in violation of the legal framework and fundamental freedoms of citizens, are serious allegations to the judiciary in Romania. The prosecutors’ section points out that, such statements of a general nature, are likely to question the activity and credibility of the Public Ministry,” the CSM Prosecutors Section said on Tuesday.

The CSM representatives emphasize the need for a balanced and responsible public message, “to strengthen the citizen’s confidence in the act of justice, a duty that also applies to all representatives of public institutions, including the Minister of Justice.”

The reaction of the CSM Prosecutors Section comes after Justice Minister Tudorel Toader said on Monday that the decision to assess the Prosecutor General’s activity did not come out of the blue, but he noticed over time that the Public Ministry had distanced from “its constitutional role, from the role of guaranteeing the citizens’ rights.”

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