Justice Minister: I will send the draft amendments to laws on Justice after everyone has spoken

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Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has said on Friday he would send the draft bill to change the laws on justice after receiving viewpoints from ‘everyone’, the magistrates’ professional organizations and the civil society.

“I know the expectations of CSM, from DNA, from DIICOT, of the civil society in general. I will send the bill to amend the laws on justice after everyone, the entire society, all the professional organizations have had their say. Secondly, after expressing points of view, opinions, criticisms of all the issues that I have said on Wednesday. Why this way? First of all because the laws of justice are laws that interest us one way or another and concern us in one way or another,” Tudorel Toader told a news conference on Friday.

The Justice Minister also said that he would not send the draft law to the DNA, DIICOT and the Public Ministry, but only to the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), which had both directorates, of prosecutors and judges. The CSM opinion is only consultative, Parliament has the power to decide, the minister said, digi24.ro informs.

“The CSM opinion is a consultative opinion. The CSM represents both judges and prosecutors. I do not send the bill to the Public Ministry, to the DNA and to DIICOT, but to the CSM, which has prosecutors and judges sections and coagulates their views. They will learn the details when I send the bill and do not forget that it is a consultative opinion, it is a proposal for amendments. My proposal will go to the Government, the Government can make changes. It approves them, then the draft bill goes to Parliament, where again there will be many changes. The Ministry of Justice proposes, the Parliament decides,” Tudorel Toader said.

The minister said he has no interest in promoting these amendments, but he just wants a law of justice “the way Romanians want”.

“If we succeed in a law coagulating all the options in the society, it will be hard (for anyone) to criticize the law,” Tudorel Toader added.

After National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) announced on Thursday that it had summoned the General Assembly for August 31, on Friday Romania’s Prosecutor General Augustin Lazar has also called the Council of the prosecutors general next week to discuss on the law amendments proposed by the JusMin.

Judicial sources told Agerpres that the meeting is scheduled at the Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday at 11:00. Prosecutor’s offices from the country say they haven’t received either Toader’s amendments.

Justice Minister Tudorel Toader presented on Wednesday the amendments proposed for the laws on the judges and prosecutors statute, on the Superior Council of Magistracy and on the judicial organization.

The most controversial amendment refers to the procedure of appointing the Prosecutor General and of DNA, DIICOT chief prosecutors. More precisely, President Klaus Iohannis has been excluded from this procedure.

The new justice laws stipulate that the Romania’s Prosecutor General and the prosecutors’ office chief will be appointed by the Judge Section of the Superior Council of Magistracy, upon the Justice Minister’s proposal.

Currently, Romania’s Prosecutor General, the first deputy and the deputy, the chief prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate and Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism and their deputies are appointed by the Romanian President, upon Justice Minister’s proposal, with the go-ahead by the Superior Council of Magistracy.

President Klaus Iohannis stated that the proposals to amend the justice laws submitted by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader represent an attack against the rule of law, against justice independence and the anti-corruption fight.

PSD chair Dragnea: The justice system must not move around Iohannis, Kovesi or Lazar

After stating one day ago he doesn’t endorse JusMin’s proposal to cut Romania’s President out of the procedure to appoint the chief prosecutors, chairman of the Social Democrat Party Liviu Dragnea seems to have changed his mind on Friday.

Dragnea stated in Neptun, where the Social Democrats convened for a party meeting, that the justice system must not move around Klaus Iohannis, Laura Codruţa Kovesi or Augustin Lazăr, arguing Justice Minister Tudorel Toader has not reason to give back on the justice law amendments.

Have you got the impression that Romania must move back and forward only depending on Klaus Iohannis’ desires? No. The justice system must not move around Iohannis, Kovesi or Lazăr. There are some principles, there will be some drafts, very serious debates. If the parliamentary majority decided in one respect in the end, we’ll endorse that, but only after very serious arguments,” Dragnea stated.

He said that for now the justice law amendments are just “some principles” that have Minister Toader’s “thinking and analysis” behind.

Liviu Dragnea was stating on Thursday that he doesn’t support the proposal advanced by the Justice minister on removing the head of state from the procedure of naming the chief prosecutors, arguing “it’s a just a stance” that has to be analysed.

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