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October 28, 2020

New High Court president appointed

President Traian Basescu signed, last week, the decree appointing the judge Livia Doina Stanciu president of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), on a three-year term, the Presidential Administration informed, quoted by Agerpres. At the same time, the president signed the decrees appointing the judge Rodica Aida Popa deputy president of ICCJ, the judge Adrian Bordea president of the Trade Department of ICCJ and the judge Lavinia Curelea president of the Civil and Copyright Department of ICCJ. These appointments are also on a three year-term.

Bordea had been delegated, on Thursday, by the Judges Department of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), to act as the interim president of ICCJ. The office of president of the High Court had remained vacant since September 15, 2009, following Nicolae Popa’s retirement, and the interim president position was held by Lidia Barbulescu, whose mandate ended on September 15.

On Friday meanwhile, CSM held the first round of internal elections. The new members of CSM will be elected for a six-year term in a final vote on November 1. The poll is surrounded by controversy as some magistrates’ association challenge the legality of the election while others charge several candidates are inappropriate for the job.

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