Justice Minister: GEO on laws of justice will not be fully repealed, only article 54. Three NGOs reiterate justice independence is not negotiable

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced Monday evening that the full repeal of the emergency ordinance on the laws of justice will not take place, but only those solutions agreed with the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) representatives and associations on Article 54.

“Most of the proposed modifications came from the system, from the CSM itself. (…) The complete repeal, as the Prime Minister has said, will not take place. The solutions we talked about, including Article 54, will be repealed,” Tudorel Toader said for Romania TV private broadcaster.

Earlier, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader announced that the Government would repeal Article 54 of the GEO on the Laws of Justice, which allowed judges to become chief prosecutors and which shifted the opinion on the appointments of high-level prosecutors from the Prosecutor’s Section of CSM to the CSM plenary, digi24.ro informs.

The Justice Minister announced that solutions were found following the talks, the main issue being “the establishing a mechanism for dialogue with CSM, the institution which issue opinions on amending the laws of justice, with which we will conclude a memorandum so that each draft normative act proposed by the Government will be sent to the CSM by at least 5 days in advance.”

Tudorel Toader said that the new ordinance will be sent to CSM on Friday, and next week will be adopted. The Justice Minister also said that the other provisions of GEO 7 have been clarified.

The talks at Victoria Palace were attended by PM Viorica Dăncilă, Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, CSM president, representatives of the National Union of Jurists (UNJR), the Romanian Magistrates ‘Association, the Romanian Prosecutors’ Association, the Judicial Inspectorate and the Special Section for the Investigation of Magistrates.

3 NGOs which refused to attend talks say justice independence is not negotiable

Three associations of magistrates which refused to attend the talks with the Government on Monday (the Judges’ Forum Association, the Association Movement for Defence of Prosecutors’ Statute and the Initiative for Justice Association) reiterate that justice independence is not negotiable. Their representatives say the magistrates’ dissatisfactions cannot be compensated with soft promises on future and uncertain repealing of the emergency ordinance.

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