On Tuesday, the Chamber of Deputies adopted with 279 votes in favour, three votes against and four abstentions the draft law designed to expedite justice proceedings. Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said, during the debates on the bill, that the law had for a purpose to re-consider the competence of the various types of courts making up the Romanian judicial system in order for process terms to be shortened. Predoiu also said the new law was going to relieve a lot of the current workload currently weighing on the High Court of Cassation and Justice and allow it to play its prime role of assuring case law consistency. ‘The adoption of this draft law is a clear political signal to the European Commission and member states that there is political will in the Romanian Parliament to back justice reform’, Minister Predoiu said, after the vote. Before that, the draft law had been already adopted by the Senate, but the Chamber of Deputies had the final say on it.