Justice reforms can no longer be delayed, President Klaus Iohannis said on Tuesday, underscoring that the process of revising the relevant laws must be completed, and “anomalies” such as those generated by the Section for the Investigation of Magistrates (SIIJ) must be removed.
“Romanians’ expectations of a modern, independent and functional justice system are equally current and legitimate. The pandemic and changes in the domestic political environment have hampered the reforms launched in recent years, but they cannot be delayed anymore. The process of revising the laws of justice needs to be completed, and anomalies such as those caused by the Section for the Investigation of Magistrates have to be removed,” he said, on the occasion of the presentation of the activity report for this year of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM).
Iohannis said the CSM Plenum needs to use its entire experience for Romania to take concrete steps to reform the justice system.
He argued that the citizens and professionals in the justice system expect to see a proactive attitude, a permanent and honest dialogue with the authorities involved, with professionals in the judiciary, with professional associations and a constant participation of the CSM in finding the best solutions to the problems of the judiciary.
President Iohannis brought to mind that, on December 8, Romania will celebrate the 30th anniversary since the adoption of the Constitution, which gave the country a European development direction, guaranteeing the rights and freedoms of its citizens and laying the foundations of a modern justice system.
He added that he remains a partner in the effort to reform the judiciary, noting that he is confident the current bottlenecks will be overcome through dialogue, professionalism and impartiality.
Iohannis also said that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected major public systems, including the judiciary.
The head of state also stated that, despite all the negative things, the pandemic also had some positive effects, the acceleration of digitization being one of them, Agerpres informs.l