Civil society representatives gathered on Wednesday in front of the Bucharest Tribunal to thank the 3,500 magistrates who signed the memorandum to Premier Mihai Tudose and Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, asking them to withdraw the bill on the amendment of the Justice package.
Several delegates lined on the steps in front of the Bucharest Tribunal, each carrying a letter or a sign to display the message “THANK YOU 3,500+”. Former Health Minister Vlad Voiculescu was among the participants.
The action is supported by 32 civic organizations and is staged in front of the Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Galati, Timisoara, Craiova, Constanta, Brasov, Sibiu and Oradea tribunals.
“We consider that the move by the Romanian Judges Forum, which has the support of over 3,500 magistrates, is a public alarm signal on the danger of political subordination of justice and halting the fight against corruption and organized crime. We appreciate your attachment to the idea of free justice, without political intrusion and the promotion of the European values of freedom and rule of law. We appreciate your efforts to form common front against political attacks on independent justice. We appreciate your courage to candidly put the finger on the sore spot and express the point of view of those who matter most in the justice enforcement process: the practitioners. We appreciate the consciousness you prove as an integral part of the Romanian society. So thank you for rejecting these legislative proposals with hard to anticipate consequences for democracy and which will foreseeably produce serious imbalances for the judiciary and the separation of powers. Thank you for highlighting the risk of a flagrant violation of Romania’s commitments under the European Commission’s Co-operation and Verification Mechanism,” reads a release from the civic organizations.
Approximately 3,500 magistrates signed the memorandum to Prime Minister Mihai Tudose and Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, demanding the withdrawal of the bill amending the laws of Justice.
The memorandum argues that Justice Minister Toader put the bill forward without impact studies and without holding prior consultations on essential legislative aspects to ensure decisional transparency for the magistrates and the civil society.