A criminal investigation has been initiated by the Prosecutor General’s Office for abuse of office on the way Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has requested to join the body of public notaries.
The investigation started following a natural person’s complaint, digi24.ro informs.
The file has been opened in rem. The suspicions of abuse of office and the use of official position for favouring some people are investigated.
Tudorel Toader filed an application to the Public Notary Guild in August to ask the Ministry of Justice to supplement notary duties, so that he joins this professional body as a former member of the Constitutional Court.
The Minister of Justice requested admission to the Public Notary Guild without an examination in Iasi, which is allowed because he has the status of former Judge of the Constitutional Court. He then demanded the suspension from the Public Notary Guild, to avoid incompatibility, as he is minister.
The order admitting Tudorel Toader’s request was signed by State Secretary with the Ministry of Justice, Nicolae Liviu Popa, the same source informs.
The request of Minister Toader was based on the recent amendment of Law 47/1992 on the Constitutional Court, in force since July, i.e. article 69, which reads that “after concluding the term with the Constitutional Court, the judge may opt to join advocacy or notary public without passing an exam.”