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September 18, 2019

Prosecutor General Lazar: Justice laws bill, criticised by magistrates and EC experts

Prosecutor  General Augustin Lazar stated on Thursday that the Justice laws amendment bill should receive a negative opinion from the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM), showing that it was criticised by magistrates and the European Commission’s experts.

“It is an important day because the Superior Council of Magistrates is analysing the bill on the Justice laws. It is obvious that the draft was criticised by our colleagues magistrates, criticised by the European Commission’s experts and naturally, we should have a negative opinion, if we want to have the CVM monitoring lifted, that’s it,” Augustin Lazar said at the entrance of CSM’s seat.

CSM’s plenary sitting is due to consider on Thursday and grant an advisory opinion on the bill amending the Justice laws.

On August 30, the Justice Ministry released the Justice laws amendment bill, referred to CSM for opinion by Minister Tudorel Toader.

“The bill intends to bring amendments mainly to the provisions on professional evaluation, the promotion to executive positions with the courts and prosecutors’ offices, the nomination in leadership positions with the courts and prosecutors’ offices, to regulating the situations in which magistrates are not capable to fulfill their position as well as to the streamlining of the courts and prosecutors’ offices management,” reads the presentation of the bill’s motivation .

The bill contains a series of amendments previously made public by Tudorel Toader, among which the nomination of the Attorney General and Chief Prosecutors of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) and the Directorate for Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) by CSM at the Justice Minister’s proposal, the take over of the Judicial Inspection by the Justice Minister as well as the set up of a specialised directorate in pursuing criminal investigation of crimes perpetrated by magistrates.

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