President Iohannis: Last years, marked by repeated attempts to subordinate justice to politics
President Klaus Iohannis states in a message conveyed on Sunday, on the occasion of Justice Day, that the recent years have been marked by repeated attempts to subordinate justice to politics, through hasty amendments to the legislation organizing the judiciary, the statute of magistrates and the criminal law, but this “assault” has triggered the prompt reaction of citizens and magistrates.
“In democratic societies, independent justice is the fundamental guarantee for achieving justice and maintaining social balance. The essence of the rule of law consists in observing the laws and ensuring a fair and equitable justice for all citizens. For these desiderata to be accomplished, it is however necessary that the laws be accessible, clear and predictable. Otherwise, when constant changes are made without a uniform direction, the respect for the law suffers. The last years have been marked by repeated attempts to subordinate justice to politics, through hasty amendments to the legislation organising the judiciary, the statute of magistrates and the criminal law. This assault has triggered the prompt reaction of the citizens, of the magistrates, who defended with dignity the values that define their mission, of the political forces attached to the democratic principles, as well as of the European institutions,” Iohannis maintains.
The president says that the impressive participation in the 26 May referendum shows that Romanians support European values.
“The impressive turnout in the May 26 referendum has shown, beyond any doubt, that Romanians support European values, the rule of law, and want to live in a country where the law is equal for all. The will expressed by citizens forces political decision-makers to act in order to strengthen Romania’s European path and for a fair justice. At the same time, this signal transmitted through the vote must also make responsible all those who are involved in the justice act. Trust is built through every interaction of a litigant with the justice system. Initiatives such as ‘Open Gates Days’, activities of legal education in society or authentic public debates lead to a reduction in the distance between citizens and institutions and strengthen democracy,” the head of state affirms.
Iohannis considers that reforms in the field of justice and progress in the fight against corruption must not be questioned by current legislative or administrative measures designed to relativize them.
“Romania’s substantive reforms in the field of justice, the remarkable progress that has been made in the fight against corruption must not be called into question by current legislative or administrative measures designed to relativize them. At the same time, Romanian society needs a genuine debate on the current challenges faced by the judiciary, from the burden of the courts, the lack of logistical facilities, the lack of investment in infrastructure, to the need for computerization, with a direct impact on the need for celerity in solving the causes. This entire debate must always have at the core of its concerns the respect of the rights and freedoms of the citizen, as well as a long-term vision without which this public service, which is the judiciary, cannot fulfill its mission,” the president went on to say.
At the end of the message, Iohannis congratulates those who contribute to the achievement of justice in Romania and to the respect for the law as a prerequisite for a better society.
JusMin Ana Birchall: Trust and respect of citizens must be regained
Justice Minister Ana Birchall has conveyed on the occasion of Justice Day that the citizens’ confidence and respect must be regained.
“I extend my salutation and respect to all justice professionals: magistrates, auxiliary staff, representatives of the legal professions, the professional team of the Ministry of Justice, all those who, acting in good faith, abiding the law, with professionalism, empathy and devotion, prove to us through their entire activity the respect for the oath taken upon starting their profession and the belief in the fundamental values attached to the act of justice: ensuring the rule of law, impartiality, equidistance, becoming aware of the implications the legal authority (jurisdictio) has in people’s lives. I am convinced that only together can we regain the trust and respect of citizens for justice in Romania,” on Sunday said Birchall, in a Facebook post.
She also mentioned that “justice means fairness, it means the establishment of truth, and this function, vital to a democratic state, can only be achieved within the framework of the universal values assumed in the field of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
“The only way I can see the future of the Romanian justice is within the synergy of the European family and the Euro-Atlantic strategic partnership, and this entails full assimilation of the values, principles and standards these partnerships require. Justice Day represents a significant moment for all those who work in the judiciary, given the very important role that justice has in society,” the Justice Minister said.
Established 25 years ago by Government Decision no. 364/1994, Justice Day is organized annually, on the first Sunday of July.
CSM’s Lia Savonea: Independence of judiciary entails huge social responsibility for those who achieve it
The President of the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM), Lia Savonea, on the occasion of “Justice Day” on Sunday, conveyed that the independence of the judiciary conferred at constitutional level, entails a huge social responsibility for those who achieve it.
According to the cited source, starting with 1994, the first day of July celebrates “Justice Day”, a “symbol of the law professionals’ unity, based on the trust of the society in the act of justice, and also a good moment of thought and reflection on justice as a public service in the service of the citizen.”
“A day that represents a time of celebration dedicated to justice and to all those who, through their professional contribution, serve it and achieve it, an occasion for the whole of the society and all the law professionals to symbolically acknowledge its fundamental purpose, namely to contribute to the social balance by always observing the rule of law. The independence of the judiciary conferred at constitutional level entails a huge social responsibility for those who achieve it and the moral obligation of unity of the magistrates’ professional body in order to guarantee this fundamental value, for the protection of all citizens in the face of any form of arbitrariness,” Lia Savonea mentioned, according to the message conveyed on the occasion of “Justice Day” posted on the CSM website.
She added that justice is “at a time of turmoil and quest,” “being our duty to contribute to regaining balance and ensuring respect for the law.”
“In a context in which justice is in a period of turmoil and quest, it is our duty to contribute to regaining balance and ensuring respect for the law, as a stable and pillar of the unity and credibility of justice. I would like to congratulate all magistrates who have carried out and carry out their work with honor and conscience, having as motivation of their professional conduct the full respect of the law, of the litigants and of the fundamental values of the democratic society. I also express my respect and appreciation for the contribution brought by all law professionals with the goal of accomplishing the act of justice, firmly convinced that only together will we be able to maintain an independent justice, based on trust and respect, indispensable values in stressful times,” Lia Savonea mentioned.
“The CSM, as a constitutional guarantor of the independence of the judiciary, must always act determinedly and resolutely to maintain the necessary framework for an objective, independent and powerful justice”, the message further mentions.