The Progressive Union of Prosecutors (UPF) on Thursday asked the General Council of the Judiciary to stop making appointments because its mandate expired two years ago. In a statement, the progressive prosecutors also send a message to the parliamentary groups of the Lower House and specifically to the Popular Party, whose president, Pablo Casado, acknowledged on Wednesday that his party would not participate in the renewal of the judicial leadership, thus blocking a agreement that allows it. For UPF, the PP's decision "contributes to the deterioration of the institution and implies a lack of respect and loyalty to our Constitution and to citizenship."
Why Pablo Casado refuses to renew the Judicial Power
"The Progressive Union of Prosecutors regrets the decision taken by the main opposition party to continue with its refusal to renew the members of three of the most important democratic institutions: the General Council of the Judiciary, the Constitutional Court and the Ombudsman We believe that this decision not to abide by the laws that regulate these constitutional bodies directly affects the legitimacy of these institutions and places us outside the constitutional framework, "the letter begins.
The Progressive Union of Prosecutors on Tuesday urged all parliamentary forces to comply with the constitutional mandate to renew these democratic institutions, including, and first of all, the General Council of the Judiciary. "We understand that, at this point, the members of the General Council of the Judiciary are well aware and cannot ignore that the term of all its members has already come to an end almost two years ago," they defend.
"Passivity and quiet in the face of non-compliance by parliamentary forces with the obligation to renew the governing body of judges for reasons of partisan opportunity or of another nature, contributes to the deterioration of the institution and implies a lack of respect and loyalty to our Constitution and citizenship, "they insist.
The letter is also addressed to the General Council of the Judiciary chaired by Carlos Lesmes. Progressive prosecutors regret that the judicial leadership wants to continue appointing judges in the country's most important courts with a mandate expired two years ago.
"We urge all members of the General Council of the Judiciary, based on the principle of constitutional loyalty, to adopt as the ultimate and exclusive objective of all their actions the achievement of a normal development of the renewal process of the new CGPJ and limit its management to the ordinary office of public affairs, refraining from adopting, except in cases of urgency duly accredited or for reasons of general interest whose express accreditation so justifies it, "the statement concludes.
For this reason, they point out, the members of the Judiciary "must assume an active commitment in the proper functioning of the judicial system, as well as promote in society an attitude of respect and trust in the Judicial Power.