The Senate’s legal committee yesterday approved a draft law providing an extended asset freeze on those probed for corruption, with the Justice Ministry-initiated project set to go into plenary debates tomorrow, according to Realitatea.net. The panel also approved a draft law on magistrates’ disciplinary responsibility, Mediafax said.
Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu (photo) welcomed the decisions as a step forward in strengthening discipline in the legal system. “In my opinion, this is a step towards consolidating the instruments at the legal system’s disposal in order to recover the proceeds of offences. (…) I am very content and I told this to the committee, that it was teamwork that resulted in success at this level. We hope to get the necessary vote in plenary session to have these laws pass through Parliament,” Predoiu said after the committee session.
He added that he tried to explain to the opposition MPs on the panel that the two projects “do not serve political interests” but the legal system as a whole.
Concern over anticorruption body leadership
Meanwhile on the public television channel on Monday evening, Predoiu talked about the fact that Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) head Daniel Morar’s term will end in February 2012 and said both the Justice Ministry and the Public Ministry are concerned about the matter. He explained that the appointment of a new DNA chief neither implies nor rules out the possibility that the same person be kept on the job.
On High Court promotions
Also Monday evening, Predoiu said all members of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) have assumed the objective of promoting judges to the High Court. His comments came as earlier on Monday the government announced that it would demand a confidence vote in Parliament over the draft law setting new criteria for promotion of judges to the High Court. Predoiu explained that the CSM accepted the new provisions.
Yesterday, the CSM appointed a new judge with the High Court’s civil section. Mihaela Tropcea, head of CSM’s Judicial Inspection, was selected from among six candidates.