Judiciary Laws: Court decisions must be drawn up within 90 days since they are ruled

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The specialized parliamentary committee for the Laws on Justice adopted on Tuesday an amendment belonging to PSD on the Law no.304/2004 on judicial organization, according to which judges will have to motivate their decisions within 90 days since they are ruled.

“Court decisions must be drawn up within 30 days since they are ruled. In duly justified cases, the time limit can be extended by 30 days, no more than two times”, according to the para. (3) of the art.16 of the Law no.304/2004.

The amendment proposed by PSD was adopted by a majority vote, only one abstention being registered.

The main supporter of the provision was the chairman of the special committee, the former PSD Justice Minister Florin Iordache, who argued that today, in the absence of such a regulation, there are cases when judges retire without drawing up the reasons for their decisions.

Another amendment adopted on Tuesday by the specialized committee refers to the reconfiguration of the courtroom so that the equality of arms between the parties.

“The configuration of the courtroom must reflect the principle of the equality of arms regarding the placement of the judge, of the prosecutors and of the lawyers” reads the amendment, which was unanimously adopted. The proposal was made by the General Prosecutor’s Office and was assumed by UDMR as an amendment.

The specialized parliamentary committee for the Laws on Justice started on Monday the debates on the Law no.304/2004 on the judicial organization, after finalizing, last week, the report on the Law no.303/2004 on the statute of the judges and prosecutors.