President Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday said he is convinced the issues regarding work conditions at the High Court of Justice and Cassation (ICCJ) can be solved, adding that the court works “long and hard.”
He added that this was his first visit to the Supreme Court and that he paid it on an invitation from the court’s chair Livia Stanciu (photo L).
“I have seen the work being done here. I have seen very dedicated people. I have seen people working many extra hours, working under difficult conditions doing an exceptionally good job,” said Iohannis.
The president added that as far as the work conditions at the Supreme Court are concerned, very many solutions have to be found.
“I am convinced that if there is a wish there is a solution for the problems. It is important to see the content of the work and when we do it things look pretty well. The Supreme Court works long and hard,” said Iohannis.
Iohannis on Wednesday visited the headquarters of the Supreme Court of Romania. Welcoming him was the court’s chair Livia Stanciu, who showed him around. The president toured the conference rooms and the offices of the court and ended his visit with a conversation spanning over half an hour with Stanciu.
My constitutional role of a mediator forces me to watch over protecting judicial system from any interference
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Wednesday that his constitutional role of a mediator forces him to watch over the protection of the judicial system from any interference from other state powers, ‘so that the citizens might have confidence in the judicial act’.
Writing on his Facebook account, the president said he had visited the High Court of Cassation and Justice earlier in the day and stressed that the High Court staff, in spite of the difficult conditions, resolve a large number of cases with professionalism.
‘The citizens expect justice to conquer injustice and the verdicts to respect the letter and spirit of the law, no matter who is being judged. I know that lawsuits sometimes last extremely long, cost dearly and many of us may lose patience and hope. The judges I met work extra hours, often under difficult conditions and in a very small space. Nevertheless, the staff of the highest court in Romania is devoted to serving the truth and they resolve a large number of cases with professionalism’, Iohannis added.
Supreme Court head: President Iohannis said he couldn’t imagine judges’ work conditions
Chair of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) Livia Stanciu said on Wednesday that President Klaus Iohannis informed her that the conditions under which the judges are forced to do their job were beyond his imagination, which is why he said he would take the necessary steps for solutions to be found allowing the personnel to perform under normal conditions.
“The President let us know that he already had reckoned the work conditions were abnormal, because he had heard about this, but he wanted to come to the Supreme Court headquarters following the invitation we addressed him, to see and check first-hand if the conditions are truly as described. He informed me that he could not imagine that the judges are able to work in such conditions. This is the reason why, as you heard him, he will take all the necessary steps for a solution – even a temporary one – to be found, allowing the Supreme Court to carry out its activity under reasonably normal conditions,” said the chair of the High Court of Cassation and Justice after President Klaus Iohannis’s visit at the institution’s headquarters.
Stanciu mentioned that the purpose of the visit had been for the President to get an insight into how the Supreme Court works and find a solution allowing the entire Court staff to work in a normal environment.
The Supreme Court chair said that the institution has four halls, one for every section, and just one courtroom for the trial of appeals, which is being used according to an hourly schedule.
She said that the solution is that two sections of the Supreme Court be moved to the Palace of Parliament wing that was assigned to ICCJ, but which still cannot accommodate the entire staff of the institution, and the Criminal and Administrative Litigation sections remain in the current headquarters.
“It is important that the refurbishment works on the building – and I think that I am elegant when saying this, because these are major works the building badly needs – are completed, and in a fit of major optimism I’d hope this happens by the end of this year,” added Livia Stanciu, pointing out that she has made serious efforts for ICCJ to have a new seat assigned.