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The president of the CGPJ proposes reducing the powers of that body to facilitate its renewal

MADRID, 2 Dic.

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The president of the CGPJ proposes reducing the powers of that body to facilitate its renewal


The substitute president of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Vicente Guilarte, has proposed the reduction of powers of that body to facilitate its renewal, all just a few days before the government's mandate of judges expires five years.

This is what he proposed in a forum published this Saturday in the newspaper 'El País', entitled 'Dilute the tension', in which he has opted for a reform so that the CGPJ cannot make appointments of high judicial positions and are the judges themselves. , without intervention of the governing body, those who elect their presidents.

In his opinion, it is "opportune to give prominence to judges", doing so "where their function can be exercised correctly", and a reform that removes the power of the CGPJ to mediate in the appointments of judicial positions could facilitate a consensus for its renewal.

"If you think that the CGPJ is the governing body of the judges, they should be the ones who govern themselves, but directly, without intermediaries that dilute the rectitude of governance," he explained, betting that it is the judges who elect their presidents in at the provincial and regional level, in hearings and in higher courts of Justice.

He has also proposed a reform so that the judicial career towards the Supreme Court is not "at the mercy" of the twenty members of the CGPJ and that his "only condition" for the appointment is "a generic reference" to merit and capacity, "as until now it's happening."

Specifically, Guilarte is committed to an objective election process in which the "relevant merits" are known to access the Chambers of the High Court, as well as the designation of a court "dependent on the CGPJ", chaired by one of its members and made up of Supreme Court magistrates and other justice professionals, who would rotate randomly to avoid "any hint of contamination."

If these changes were achieved, according to the president of the CGPJ, "the desire of some and others for the appointment of 'their' members would be diluted", facilitating the renewal of the body he directs.

Despite this, he regretted that this reform would facilitate the constitution of a government of judges with "new faces but, depending on their militant appointment, with the same problems that have manifested themselves in previous and especially in this last term." that on December 4th it will be five years out of date.