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December 6, 2021

New row at CSM: Romanian tribunals revoke Danilet

After being targeted by nationwide protests, the two withdrew from the race for the office of CSM vice-president. The Council will take act of the proposal to revoke Danilet, while the quorum necessary for revoking Ghica has not been met.

Yesterday was a hectic day at the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM). Right before the session of the CSM plenum that was expected to elect the new vice-president, judges Cristi Danilet (photo right) and Alina Ghica (photo left) withdrew their candidacies. The two had been revoked by tribunals throughout the country. Alina Ghica and Cristi Danilet had joined the race for CSM vice-president on January 4, after the election of Oana Schmidt Haineala as president of the Council. Later, they were targeted by revocation procedures launched by tribunals and courts of appeals throughout the country. A number of 103 tribunals out of 135 voted for the revocation of Cristi Vasilica Danilet from the CSM and the results were sent yesterday by the Ramnicu Valcea Tribunal to CSM.During the procedure, 1,126 judges voted in favour of revoking Danilet and 324 were against, or abstained, the Ramnicu Valcea Tribunal announced yesterday in a press release.So far, 13 courts of appeals voted to revoke judge Alina Ghica, thus gathering the legal number of signatures for removing her from the CSM. The magistrates of the Bucharest Court of Appeals did not achieve the quorum, in the General Assembly, for revoking Alina Ghica from CSM.On January 7, the General Assembly of judges from the Ramnicu Valcea Tribunal started the procedure of revoking judge Cristi Danilet from the CSM. A similar initiative was taken by the Cluj Court of Appeals on January 10, for revoking from the CSM judge Alinei Ghica, who represents the courts of appeal in the Council.The General Assembly of Ramnicu Valcea Judges considered that Danilet “unsuitably exerted the attributions entrusted through his election as member of the Council, actively participating in a non-transparent procedure of electing the leadership of the Council against those stipulated by the candidacy project.”According to legal provisions, an elected member of the CSM may be revoked at the request of the majority of tribunals he represents, voted by two thirds of the acting judges.Cristi Danilet was elected as member of the CSM in the autumn of 2010, to represent tribunals, with 941 votes, followed by Elena Popescu from Targu Jiu, with 597 votes.After he was elected in the CSM, Danilet resigned on 23 February 2011 from the position of vice-president of the Oradea Tribunal, where he was judge.In this context, the Romanian Association of Magistrates (AMR) affirms that the status of judge Cristi Danilet in the CSM is unclear with regard to the judges he represents, starting 23 February 2011, when he resigned from the position of vice-president of the Oradea Tribunal. To be more precise, Danilet is a tribunal judge, not a courthouse one, so he should not be in the CSM. AMR accuses him of avoiding to solve this issue, “as he obstinately refused to include this on the agenda of CSM meetings.”

Adrian Bordea, potential candidate for CSM Vice-presidency

The Superior Magistracy Council’s (CSM) plenum was convened yesterday at 2 PM, the order of the day including the election of CSM’s Vice President and a point of view through which the CSM’s Legislative Directorate rejects a request filed by the National Union of Romanian Judges (UNJR). The request refers to suspicions concerning the votes cast in the election for CSM’s Presidency. The meeting was expected to take act of Adrian Bordea’s validation as a member of CSM. Bordea was elected by High Court of Justice judges as their representative within the Council, in order to replace Mona Pivniceru. CSM sources stated that Adrian Bordea will most likely file his candidacy for the Council’s Vice-presidency.


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