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September 23, 2020

Supreme Court to draw magistrates for Central Electoral Bureau next week

The High Court for Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) decided on Wednesday, during the general assembly, to organize next week the draw for magistrates to take part of the Central Electoral Bureau.

The court decided to stop protests, but the strike will continue at least until the moment when a draft version of a National Justice Pact is reached, the interim president of ICCJ, Lidia Barbulescu, said.

Two days ago the ICCJ judges’ general assembly ruled to continue protests. As a result, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu was preparing the exclusion of judges from the electoral offices and hence from the ‘apparatus’ that should ensure the correct unfolding of the November presidential election. According to ‘Evenimentul Zilei’, the reason is that the authorities fear the magistrates may prolong their protests and block the electoral process. ‘I am considering all legal options in order to remove the judged from the mechanism and I will take the matter before the Government. We cannot put an entire country on hold just because the Supreme Court refuses to appoint judges to the electoral offices before October 1’, Minister Predoiu said on Tuesday. He added the ‘sanctions’ judges and prosecutors could receive if they go on with their masked strike would not be pecuniary or disciplinary ones.

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