The Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, affirmed this Wednesday in an appearance at his own request in the Justice Commission of the Congress of Deputies that the Government will not accept the “blackmail” of the Popular Party with the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary ( CGPJ), which has been blocked for two and a half years. In addition, he asked Pablo Casado’s party to “reconsider” what is so far his last condition to renew the governing body of the judges: a change in the election system so that twelve of its members are elected by the judges themselves and eight by Parliament.
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“There is no room for blackmail. I will not accept it. That is not complying with the rule of law, that is not being constitutionalists and I know they are. I ask you to reconsider that. I know they will be there and I hope we do it as soon as possible, “said the minister to the PP deputy Miguel Ángel Jerez, who in his speech accused the Government of not accepting” almost never or never “the” consensus “proposed by the opposition and He gave an example precisely the renewal of the CGPJ and the legal ‘plan B’, the star proposal of the PP to face the pandemic that last November she was laid down in the Congress of Deputies.
Previously, the Minister of Justice had left unanswered a question from Bildu’s parliamentarian Jon Iñarritu, who asked him if the Government had planned any “measure” in the event that this renewal did not come. “I hope that very soon we will have a solution to this problem but, in the meantime, what I am not going to stop is to promote all policies so that the citizen has greater effectiveness in judicial protection,” said the minister, who insisted that “no you can be a part-time constitutionalist ”.
The temporary situation of the CGPJ dates back to December 2018. The blockade has been maintained since then due to the lack of political agreement for the renewal of its twenty members, which has to be agreed by a three-fifths majority of the members of the General cuts. The conservatives, who left Moncloa in June 2018 after Pedro Sánchez’s motion of censure, have resisted for all this time to lose their power in one of the key institutions of the State, the one that decides which judges are promoted to the most high positions in the judiciary. The current CGPJ has eleven members elected at the proposal of the PP, seven at the proposal of the PSOE, one from the IU and another from the PNV. At the head is Carlos Lesmes, who was a senior position in the governments of José María Aznar.
Although the appearance of the minister in the Justice Commission was intended to inform the status of the 2030 plan to modernize the administration of justice, in the background of the debate was the persistent blockage in the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ ) and also the legal framework to fight the pandemic after the state of alarm. In this regard, Campo insisted that “there is no legal gap” and that with the new appeal that gives the Supreme Court the last word on the restrictions there will be “more Constitution and unification of criteria.”
The most tense moment of the session took place during the intervention of the deputy of Junts per Catalunya Josep Pagès i Massó, who affirmed that in Spain “the ‘denazification’ of Justice that was carried out in Germany at the time is missing”. “Until [las cúpulas judiciales] they are not aligned with democratic values we are not going to have a Justice understood as a public sense ”, the parliamentarian added. “You are not going to find me at all if you are talking to me about reprisals or that Spain is not a state of law,” the minister replied in his turn to reply. And he added: “It is the judges who 99.9% say they are independent, therefore, they will be. Neither politicization of justice nor judicialization of politics. What we have to do is respect her more ”.
Regarding the Justice 2030 roadmap, Campo assured that “it implies the transformation of the Spanish Justice model, with the aim of promoting the rule of law and access to Justice, as levers for the country’s transformation.” And he gave an account of initiatives already approved such as the new Statute of the Legal Profession and others that are being worked on, such as the Law on the Right to Defense or the Draft Law on Organizational Efficiency. In addition, it has valued that with the 1,452 positions of new personnel of the Public Employment Offer of 2020 “the replacement rate of the leaves produced in 2019 is covered 100%”.
On the other hand, he recalled that Justice has 410 million until 2023 from European recovery funds, with the aim of transforming the Administration of Justice. Thus, he explained that of the 48.44 million designated for this year, 20.7 have been distributed to the communities with transferred powers and another twenty are being allocated to the modernization of infrastructures and the purchase of laptops for the Ministry territory autonomies, to the Center for Legal Studies and the General Judicial Mutual Fund of Spain, as well as for other projects of the General Directorate of Digital Transformation of the Public Justice Service.