CSM report: Justice independence – threatened by actions of the media, Gov’t and Parliament


Courts and prosecutors’ offices consider that the independence of justice was threatened in 2013 mainly by actions of the media, Executive and Legislative, results from the report on the state of justice in 2013, published yesterday by the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM). “With regard to the way in which was perceived the state of independence of the judiciary system in relation to the political factor, courts, in a percentage of 43.75 pc, showed that, compared to the previous year, the political factor did not try to influence the judiciary system, while prosecutors’ offices, in a percentage of 43.75 pc, showed that, compared to the previous year, the political factor tried to influence the judiciary system,” reads the document quoted by Mediafax. According to the source, the main ways in which the political factor tried to influence the judiciary system consisted in: public opinions about the activity of courts and prosecutors’ offices, both in relation to ongoing cases and to definitive decision, legal changes, adoption of acts that are later frequently modified or declared unconstitutional, underfinancing the judiciary system and the “blocking of the personal files of deputies or senators in the Parliament,” from the perspective of the immunity they enjoy.

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