The Andalusian magistrate Juan Carlos Campo will assume the Justice portfolio after more than three decades dedicated to the judiciary and management, a career in which he has combined the courts with political positions in the Junta de Andalucía and the Central Government, by the hand of the PSOE
Campo, born in Osuna (Seville) in 1961, has been a deputy in Congress for Cádiz, his province of adoption, since 2015 and in the last three legislatures he has taken over the spokesman for Justice of the socialist parliamentary group.
Exvocal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), last December he won a magistrate position in the Criminal Chamber of the National Court, although he will not join it.
The position of minister will not be his first experience in the Government, since he was Secretary of State for Justice between 2009 and 2011, with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in La Moncloa and Francisco Caamaño as minister.
After graduating in Law from the University of Seville, Campo entered the judicial career in 1987 and in 1989 he became a magistrate, practicing in courts in the province of Cádiz until he reached the Provincial Court in 1991.
In 1997 he was appointed general director of Relations with the Administration of Justice of the Junta de Andalucía and between 2001 and 2008 he made the leap to Madrid as a member of the CGPJ at the proposal of the PSOE.
After the agreement reached for the renewal of the governing body of the judges in September 2008, he ceased as a member and returned as a magistrate to the Provincial Court of Cádiz, a destination that he soon abandoned when he was appointed Secretary of State for Justice in February 2009 .
Campo remained in charge of that Secretariat until the victory of the PP in the general elections of November 2011.
It was proposed in 2010 by the Parliament of Andalusia to fill one of the vacancies of a magistrate in the Constitutional Court in the renewal that was addressed in 2013, but the Senate Bureau ruled out its candidacy, as well as that of magistrate Enrique López, who advocated the PP
Doctor of Law, corresponding university and academic professor of the Royal Academy of Jurisprudence, at the end of last year he received from the General Council of the Procurators the prize “Excellence and quality in Justice”.
As spokesman for the Justice area of the PSOE in Congress, he supported the repeal of the reviewable permanent prison and opposed the reform of the election system of the CGPJ members who advocated the PP and Citizens.
In a debate between spokespersons for Justice organized by the Advocacy prior to the elections last November, he made a plea for consensus and dialogue before the current parliamentary fragmentation.
“We need the consensus of all; we cannot be, and now less than ever, subject to parliamentary majorities,” said Field, predicting the dispersion of votes and the formation of numerous diverse parliamentary groups.
In his hands is now reestablishing ties with the judicial and fiscal career, which led strikes to their predecessors in the office Dolores Delgado (PSOE) and Rafael Catalá (PP), and try to forge difficult parliamentary agreements with the popular to renew the Council General of the Judiciary and four magistrates of the Constitutional Court.
His challenge, restore the weakened image of Justice and defend a hard-fought career since Catalan independence.