CSM gives negative opinion on the ordinances regarding justice

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The Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) has given a negative opinion on the draft ordinances on amnesty and amending the criminal codes after its Wednesday sitting. The documents will to be submitted to the Ministry of Justice.

The CSM plenum has issued the decision by majority of votes. The opinion is only consultative.

The sitting lasted for about half an hour. Upon leaving the CSM offices, Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar has confirmed the negative opinion, digi24.ro reports.

The representatives of courts and prosecutor’s offices have sent their viewpoints against the two emergency ordinances.

President Klaus Iohannis had a negative opinion against these changes, and has announced the start of procedures to clarify these issues through a referendum.

The draft emergency ordinance on amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code provides the decriminalization of abuse of office under the level of damages of RON 200,000, the offense being investigated only following a complaint. The denunciation can be made at the latest six months after the facts. Negligence in office is repealed, according to the draft.

Another draft ordinance provides full pardon of prison sentences up to five years and halving the sentence for prisoners who are 60 years of age, pregnant women and those with children up to 5 years in their care.

The meeting was attended, besides the CSM members, by the President of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court, our note) Cristina Tarcea and Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar.

The Justice Minister is member of CSM, however he is not obligated to the plenary session os the council.


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