The Government wants to “deactivate the judiciary to deactivate the democratic system and through this promote a change of regime.” This is how José María Macías, member of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), has summarized the current situation of the Judiciary, with a conservative majority that expired in 2018, and that it cannot make new appointments until it is renewed. In a discussion on judicial independence, Macías has criticized the PSOE for being “led by the hand” by elements of the “ultra-left” who “do not accept liberal democracy.”
The Senate definitively approves the reform that prevents the Judiciary from making appointments in office
The colloquium on judicial independence was organized by the Villacisneros Foundation, an organization that claims to defend “the rule of law, the unity of Spain, the pride of being Spanish and the principles and values of Christian humanism”, also focused on the defense of victims of terrorism. In addition, on their YouTube channel they collect videos about their conferences, in which the “gender ideology” is criticized or “a cultural alternative to the popular front is sought”.
Ignacio Gordillo, a former official and now a lawyer, has intervened with him and has been moderated by Javier Carvajal, partner of the Pérez Llorca law firm, who has encouraged his two guests to express their opinions without ties because the debate was taking place in Madrid, ” a space of freedom “.
Macías, who is part of the conservative majority of the CGPJ, has assured that in Spain there is “an ultra phenomenon from the left”, which is residual in this country but which has dragged the PSOE to its positions. “They do not accept a liberal and advanced democracy, they want to subvert the system, monopolizing the executive and legislative branches, and that can only be achieved if you have a deactivated judiciary,” he said.
The member of the CGPJ considers that the initiatives of the Government on the Judicial Power (the reform that prevents appointments in office, already approved, and the proposal to change the majorities to elect it), is not simply because they want to modify the majorities of the current Council, but which is “utilitarian”. “They want to deactivate the Judiciary to deactivate the democratic system, and through this promote a change of regime, we are talking about the subsistence of the state as we know it,” he pointed out.
Gordillo has also warned of “attacks” on judicial independence. “We see that every dictator who tries to unify all powers into one, judicial, legislative and executive, worries me because in Spain with Sánchez we are suffering a constant attack on judicial independence.”
This former prosecutor has criticized that the blocking of the renewal of the Judiciary is due to the fact that Podemos wants to “put” in a person that the PP does not accept. It refers to José Ricardo de Prada, one of the speakers of the Gürtel ruling. Macías has answered that this is only the “apparent” cause. “The real thing is that not even the appointment by parliamentary agreement interests the residual groups of the radical left”, while adding that Podemos only wants to “break the negotiation” and for that they have proposed “De Prada”. It is “an excuse to wear a sabotage,” he said.
To avoid this, Gordillo has proposed going to Europe – the Constitutional is not an option because it is also “politicized” – and has asked that the European Union also intervene in other matters, such as the approval of the Euthanasia law: “They have legalized homicide , when you have a child with down syndrome now you can run it. ”
On April 22, the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) decided not to fight for the moment in Europe against the reform that prevents it from making appointments in office. After five hours of intense debate, the plenary session overthrew the proposal of five members of the conservative sector to ask the European Network of Justice Councils – a body in which the Councils of the Judiciary or similar institutions of the member states of the EU – to examine and pronounce on this legal reform, promoted by PSOE and United We Can in response to the blockade of the PP to renew a body that has expired for more than two years. The reform of PSOE and UP has received the approval of Brussels this week.
Part of the debate has also focused on the role of judicial associations in the distribution of stickers in justice. Gordillo has dedicated a good part of his speeches to criticizing the marketing of positions between them, which he has branded as “political unions” and whom he has accused of having absolutely controlled all the appointments of judges and prosecutors.
Macías, for his part, has defended the associations (he has belonged to the majority and conservative) and has even proposed that they be the ones who name the members of the CGPJ with an electoral system that does not allow, yes, that only associate magistrates are promoted.
At this point, he has warned that “the left parties will never want a CGPJ elected by judges, because the association considered to be on the left – Judges for Democracy – are not even 8% of the members of the judicial career, but his presence on the council is 50%. ” The statement is not true: that association only has three members of the twenty members of the Judiciary.