The General Council of Spanish Lawyers (CGAE) has made public this Thursday its disagreement with the decisions adopted so far by the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) facing the pandemic by coronavirus. It claims a series of immediate actions, including the suspension of any collective judicial act in risk areas by Covid-19.
Bar associations throughout Spain thus join the positions adopted so far by the associations of judges and prosecutors, who see it irresponsible “that it is the judge who must decide on the suspension of trials for the outbreak of coronavirus” lack the necessary elements “that could cause a” foreseeable and undesirable disparity of criteria in the same judicial headquarters “.
The lawyers also demand the paralysis of procedural deadlines before courts and in appeals before any Public Administration, protection measures for the lawyers and lawyers of the Duty Shift, the suppression of the requirement to wear toga and the substitution of face-to-face attention in the SOJ by telematic attention
According to the provisions of the CGPJ, any closure or suspension for sanitary reasons will have to be adopted by the judge, and will be executed immediately but always obtaining the prior authorization of the president of the corresponding court, although afterwards each case will obtain the subsequent ratification of the Commission. Permanent of the governing body of the judges.
The legal aid association Altodo has joined the Bar Council, which have also voiced their criticism of the CGPJ and demand preventive measures from the different administrations involved. They warn that this group is at serious risk of infection given the nature of the service provided and they warn of “measures” against the inaction of the Administrations.