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February 3, 2023

President Iohannis to magistrates: Society expects transparency, integrity and professionalism from the members of the judicial system

Society expects “transparency, integrity and professionalism” from the members of the judicial system, president Klaus Iohannis said on Thursday, at the constituting sitting of the Superior Council of the Magistracy (CSM), and encouraged magistrates to take a stand every time the independence of the judiciary is jeopardized by “attempts at political interference.”

“The justice laws package provides a clear framework now, so that the judicial system can function in optimal parameters and support you in the activity you carry out. We must not forget that reform in the judicial field was also achieved with the support of civil society. The modernization and improvement of the quality of the justice act would not have been possible without its involvement, without citizens who constantly demand higher standards, a better functioning of the system or who do not hesitate to draw attention when they noticed slippages. Like any law, these laws are perfectible. They must keep pace with social reality and meet the needs of society. I trust that you will be actively involved in the modernization of the judicial system, through a constant dialogue and loyal cooperation with the other state institutions. I encourage you to take a stand every time the independence of the judiciary is jeopardized by attempts at political interference,” Iohannis said.

The head of state mentioned that among “the performance characteristics in protecting the public good” are the openness to society, the constant concern for the systemic problems transmitted by the litigants, the magistrates or the other stakeholders who contribute to the execution of the act of justice, the absence of any political influences and a proactive attitude.

“The success of your work and a prompt and adequate response to the problems of the judicial system also depend on the ability to pick up these signals coming from society or from legal professionals. You are beginning your office with an entire list of challenges facing the judicial system. Perhaps the most important is that of human resources, with direct implications on the speed and quality of the judicial act. You are responsible for the quick and balanced management of the careers of judges and prosecutors, in order to avoid a crisis in the judicial system. Society expects transparency, integrity and professionalism from to the members of the judicial system,” mentioned Iohannis, according to Agerpres.

The president also emphasized that the lifting of the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism was the result of the continuous and sustained efforts of all those who, over the years, undertook real reforms and permanently promoted the fight against corruption, the rule of law, as well as the defense of rights and fundamental freedoms of citizens.


Photo: www.presidency.ro

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