Four other magistrates – Aida Popa, Iulian Dragomir, Cristina Tarcea and Nela Petrisor – are in the race for two offices of Vice President of the High Court of Justice (ICCJ), Superior Magistracy Council (CSM) sources claim. The incumbent leader has filed a bid for the leadership of the Civil Section I.
The term of Livia Stanciu, the current President of the ICCJ, and of Aida Popa, the Vice President of the ICCJ, expire in September. They were appointed in office on September 17, 2010, for a three-year term.
The Superior Magistracy Council (CSM) has finalized the procedure of registering the candidacies for the leadership of the ICCJ. According to CSM sources quoted by Mediafax, Livia Stanciu, the current ICCJ President, has filed her bid for a new term. Aida Popa, Iulian Dragomir, Nela Petrisor and Cristina Tarcea have filed their bids for the two offices of Vice President. According to gandul.info, these three offices are extremely important because the biggest corruption files are finalized by the five-judge panels presided by the President or Vice President of the ICCJ.
The candidacies for the vacant leadership offices of the ICCJ were filed at the CSM by August 19. The candidates’ projects will be published today on CSM’s website and by September 4 the Human Resources Directorate will check the candidacy dossiers and will ask for their completion if need be. Also by September 4 the candidates will be verified by the National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS), which will then issue its results. By September 9 the CSM will analyze and verify the documents filed by the candidates. On September 9 and 10 CSM’s section for judges will decide whether to propose the three judges for the vacant offices at the ICCJ. The proposal will then be sent to the President who issues appointment decrees. The President has the right to refuse the appointment of the proposed judges.
Livia Stanciu has been President of the ICCJ since 2010. She chaired the panels of judges that decided to sentence Adrian Nastase to two years in jail, executory sentence, and former PSD Senator Catalin Voicu to seven years in jail. She also chaired the panel of judges that decided that two heads of intelligence services and businessman Puiu Popoviciu should be investigated without being detained. Likewise, Stanciu decided to convict Ramnicu Valcea Mayor Mircia Gutau (PDL).
Judge Aida Popa has filed her bid for a new term as Vice President of the ICCJ. Popa led the five-judge panel that sentenced former minister Decebal Traian Remes to seven years in jail. Aida Popa is also the one who judges the appeal in the Zambaccian case in which Adrian Nastase has been sentenced to three years in jail, suspended sentence, by the court of first instance. Aida Popa also chairs the five-judge panel that handles the Posta Romana file in which former Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu is a defendant.
Iulian Dragomir, judge at the criminal section of the Supreme Court, is one of Aida Popa’s contenders. According to his CV, Dragomir was President of the District 3 Court, Vice President of the Bucharest Court and of the Bucharest Court of Appeals. From 2004 to 2006 he was President of the National Money Laundering Office. According to gandul.info, his name appears in the file of Viorica Dinu, the former judge who took a bribe in order to release Dinel Staicu.
Cristina Tarcea and Nela Petrisor are Supreme Court judges.