Justice Minister Florin Iordache continued his series of meetings with the heads of judiciary institutions, the representatives of magistrates’ professional associations being summoned at the ministry’s headquarters on Tuesday morning. The talks lasted almost two hours, the problems that the judges and prosecutors are facing being presented, as well as the need to modify several laws and stipulations, the associations’ representatives claimed at the end of the meeting.
“Discussed were the budget, the equal implementation of the law for all magistrates, judges, prosecutors, the judicial laws; we will meet again and re-discuss. Although the alleged fact that this is our will was invoked, our will was ignored by the old CSM. There is openness, we will next meet within the commissions, to discuss the modification of laws, it was accepted that they are bad laws. For instance, in the commercial domain I have three actions for the same institution and that means hindering the activity of courts. We appreciate the minister’s openness and we will see what happens next,” Bucharest Court Judge Madalina Afrasinei stated, Mediafax informs.
“As far as we could tell, everything took place under the aegis of good will, as a start. We are still having great debates on the judicial laws, our organising laws. You know there was an initiative, there were consultations with the professional associations, it was sent to the ministry; the laws have a certain form, here we agreed with the professional associations and the ministry’s leadership that these talks should resume, they were left in a form with which we, as professional associations, only partially agree. This is a very important issue. Then, yes, concerning the procedures, there are aspects, both in the penal and civil procedure, that must be reconsidered and that is because at this moment they are hindering the judiciary and are generating problems for the members of the judiciary who come before us,” said Judge Andreea Ciuca, member of the Association of Romanian Magistrates (AMR).
“We also talked about solutions to relieve the courts’ workload, it’s an old issue that directly affects the members of the judiciary; what we are interested in is not necessarily having more judges in the system but eliminating what we are calling the courts’ deadweight,” stated Dana Garbovan, member of the National Union of Romanian Judges (UNJR).
The Justice Minister’s meeting with Supreme Court President Iulia-Cristina Tarcea has been postponed for later this week, Justice Ministry representatives stated.
On Monday, the minister met General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar, National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi and Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) Chief Prosecutor Daniel Horodniceanu.
At the end of the meetings, Florin Iordache announced that it was decided to set up an inter-ministerial commission that would handle the bills and legislative amendments.
He pointed out that the 2017 budget for institutions subordinated to the Justice Ministry, bills and legislative amendments were among the topics tackled.