November 25, 2020

The acting Judicial Branch plans to make another nine discretionary appointments without waiting for negotiations for their renewal


The General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ) will vote this coming Thursday while in office and without waiting for the negotiations for its renewal to award another nine positions in the judicial leadership. This is reflected in the agenda of the Plenary, prepared by its president, Carlos Lesmes, who has decided to go ahead with the appointments despite the open path for the renewal of this body – whose mandate has expired since December 2018 – after that the government withdrew its controversial judicial reform last week. This was one of the requirements of the PP to sit down to negotiate, which also asks that Podemos not be in those talks. Conservatives are the majority in the current CGPJ, with eleven of the twenty members.

The acting Judicial Power appoints the only judge of the Gürtel who requested the acquittal of the PP to the Supreme

The acting Judicial Power appoints the only judge of the Gürtel who requested the acquittal of the PP to the Supreme

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The governing body of the judges intends to award the presidencies of the Superior Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands and of the Superior Court of Justice of Cantabria, six presidencies of Chamber in the TSJ of Andalusia, Murcia, Navarra, Cantabria and Asturias and the presidency of the Provincial Court of Ourense. In the last plenary session, held on September 30, the CGPJ renewed another six places in the Supreme Court after the agreement between the conservative majority and part of the progressive bloc.

The beginning of the interim situation in the governing body of the judges dates back to December 4, 2018, when the five-year mandate of the current Council expired. The situation has been maintained since then due to the electoral repetition and the lack of political agreement for the renewal of its twenty members. At the head of the institution is Carlos Lesmes, elected in 2013, and who was a senior position in the governments of José María Aznar.

In recent days, a possibility of negotiation has been opened after the Government withdrew its controversial judicial reform, an initiative with which the parties that support the coalition – PSOE and Unidos Podemos – wanted lower the majority required to renew the CGPJ and that it was questioned by the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the opposition and three of the four judicial associations. The Government defended that this was the only way to unblock the renewal of the organ after the refusal of the PP.

A Council that has nothing to do with the current composition of the Cortes Generales in charge of appointing its members – four general elections have been held since it was elected – has so far agreed the renewal of 49 senior positions in the main courts. 18 of them in the Supreme Court, two in the National Court, 14 in the autonomous superior courts and 15 in provincial courts. If the planned appointments become effective, this figure will rise to 58.

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