Mona Pivniceru, judge at High Court of Cassation and Justice, resigned yesterday from magistracy following that on August 8 she submitted her resignation from High Magistracy Council (CSM) as elected member of the Council, the step being a consequence of PM Victor Ponta proposition to appoint her Justice Minister, according to Mediafax. Thus, CSM Press Bureau representatives said that the resignation request was registered yesterday. PM Victor Ponta, interim Justice Minister, criticized CSM yesterday, accusing the fact that this institution has a political calendar which he regrets and considering that this aspect is to the disadvantage of the image of Justice.Further on, the plenary session of High Magistracy Council shall approach tomorrow, August 22, Pivniceru’s resignation from CSM. In order to be effective and produce legal effects, the request of resignation from magistracy after being approved by the Plenum of CSM, is subsequently sent to the president of Romania.It is also tomorrow that CSM shall analyze the request for retirement submitted by judge Lidia Barbulescu from the Supreme Court, ex CSM Chair and vice Chair of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), as well as the measures falling under the Council competences following the recommendations from the European Commission Report on Romania Cooperation and Verification Mechanism published on July 18, according to cotidianul.ro It is also tomorrow that interviews are planned, before the Council members, for the candidates listed within the competition for promoting to judge position with High Court of Justice and Cassation, organized during March 19 – September 21. From among the items on CSM agenda session on Wednesday, there are the release from the office of judge in the High Court of Justice and Cassation of Viorica Trestianu, providing an opinion on the budget draft for 2013 for Justice Ministry and validation of the results of the competition for the appointment as chief inspector and deputy chief inspector of Judicial Inspection, held during April 9 – July 27.
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