The Judges Assembly with the Piatra Neamt Court has decided to protest, as of Monday, by interrupting the work programme during 12.00h-13.00h, against the proposals to amend the Criminal Codes.
The protest starts on Monday and is expected to continue until May 18, when a new sitting of the assembly will take place to decide another form of protest, ziare.com reports.
The assembly also decided to notify the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) and to request a point of view on the amendments filed without observing the procedures.
The Assembly’s decision was made on May 9 unanimously.
A release reads that the magistrates express their disagreement and concern in regard to the legal drafts to amend the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code on public debate, as the content reveals involution in the efforts to establish a modern criminal justice and a distortion of the state’s purpose in criminal policy and processes.
One of the latest amendments was passed by the senators of the legal committee on Tuesday, a controversial bill drafted by the ruling Social Democrat Party (PSD) targeting the prevention and countering of tax evasion. More precisely, they voted an amendment reading that criminal charges in tax evasion files can be dropped if the prejudice is totally paid back, to which 50% of the owed sum is added.
CSM, against offences of bad-faith and serious negligence in the Criminal Code
CSM will not support the amendments on the offences of bad-faith and serious negligence in the Criminal Code or any other provisions that might affect justice independence, ziare.com reports.
The CSM reaction comes after the protests announced by Piatra Neamt judges.
The special parliamentary committee on unifying and stability of the legal framework in the justice field is debating the draft on amending and completing Law 286/2009 on the Criminal Code.
The proposal were analysed by CSM, by the specialized committee, the opinion being sent to the Parliament and to be presented during the parliamentary debates in the so-called Iordache committee.
CSM informs in a release that “during the parliamentary procedure amendments could be filed, in order to be analysed by the Chamber of Deputies and Senate’s special committee, on which the CSM will submit its opinion.”