JUSTICE POLITICS

USR will notify CCR on Justice Bills

By the end of this week, USR will submit to the Constitutional Court several notifications related to the amendments brought to the Laws on Justice.

“Save Romania Union (USR) has prepared very well documented notifications in order to challenge the three draft laws amending the Laws on Justice to the Constitutional Court (CCR).

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) and the National Liberal Party (PNL) have already challenged to the Constitutional Court the three draft laws amending Laws no.303, 304 and 317, but the USR’s legal advisers found new grounds for unconstitutionality and the new challenges are an additional opportunity to block the attack of the PSD-ALDE-UDMR coalition against the judiciary’s independence. The notifications have already been signed by all the USR parliamentarians, as well as the ones belonging to the People’s Movement Party (PMP), and only a few signatures are still needed in order to submit them to CCR by the end of the week” USR announced in a press release sent to AGERPRES on Tuesday.

According to the USR Chairman Dan Barna, the PSD-ALDE-UDMR coalition “slaughtered” in the specialized committee almost every article of the Laws on Justice, and USR’s legal advisers found 35 unconstitutional provisions only in the draft law amending the law no.303 on the Statute of the magistrates.

He added that remarks of the Romanian magistrates’ associations have been included in USR’s notifications.

“In the notifications, USR states that the three draft laws on Justice have been adopted by breaching the bicameralism principle and the principle of lawfulness, as well as the order of notifying the Parliament’s Chambers. USR’s legal advisers also claim that the drafts breach the obligations resulting from Romania’s accession to the founding treaties of the European Union. USR makes a public call on PNL, as well as on all the independent parliamentarians, to sign the notifications related to the changes to the Laws on Justice and to support this approach in defending the independence of the magistrates and the rule of law in Romania. There are no arguments for the Opposition’s parliamentarians not to join this absolutely vital approach for Romania” reads the press release.

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