CSM electing new leadership today


Elections for the presidency and vice-presidency of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) will take place today. With just several hours to go before the elections only a person had announced an official bid for the leadership of CSM. At the end of 2013 the Association of Romanian Magistrates (AMR) warned that the CSM elections are not transparent and asked the Council to timely announce the names of the candidates.
Evz.ro writes that Adrian Bordea, High Court of Justice (ICCJ) judge who is currently Vice President of CSM, announced his colleagues that he will run for the presidency of the Council. The announcement was made through an email sent solely to his CSM colleagues, and the message was accompanied by his management project, the aforementioned source writes.
According to sources from within CSM, Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutor George Muscalu has expressed the intention of running for the office of CSM Vice President, however he did not make an official announcement in this sense.
Today’s order of the day includes the presentation of the institution’s activity in 2013, during the term of CSM President Oana Schmidt-Haineala and CSM Vice President Adrian Bordea. CSM consists of 19 members: nine judges and five prosecutors – elected by the general assemblies of the courts and the prosecutor’s offices and validated by the Senate – as well as two representatives of civil society – elected by the Senate – and three permanent members – the Justice Minister, the President of the High Court and the Romanian Attorney General. The elected members have a single term of six years.

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