A condemnation of the group was expected, and it was, despite internal divisions. The Plenary Session of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) issued a unanimous statement this Monday in which it called to avoid the “disqualifications” of judges following the accusations of lawfare launched by Congress in the debate on the amnesty law.
The 16 members of the governing body of judges signed a final text in which they asked for respect and pointed out that “respect for the independence of the judiciary must be ensured in the course of parliamentary interventions, avoiding disqualifications that harm the trust of the citizens.” in the judicial system.
The signatories added that although the representatives’ statements “are particularly protected by parliamentary immunity, this does not diminish the seriousness of their actions.”
“We reiterate that judicial independence is an important part of the Rule of Law, its defense is essential within the framework of values on which the European Union is based and its protection corresponds to all State Powers,” maintains the group. vowel.
In addition, they emphasize that “respect for the institution must govern the relations between all the powers of the state,” remembering in this sense that, as pointed out by the Consultative Council of European Judges, “in the face of inappropriate interference, the powers of the state must cooperate with loyalty to restore balance and, with it, the trust of society in the proper functioning of public institutions.”
Final ‘smoothed’ version
According to Europa Press, this is a somewhat softer version of the first proposal launched by nine conservative members who called for an extraordinary plenary session.
These are José María Macías, José Antonio Ballestero, Juan Manuel Fernández, Juan Martínez Moya, Wenceslao Olea, Gerardo Martínez Tristán, Carmen Llombart, Nuria Abad, and María Ángeles Carmona, who reacted to the attacks against several magistrates involved in the investigation of the ‘procés. ‘. These judges are the target of criticism for the alleged prevarication of their actions, which was launched by pro-independence and leftist forces on Wednesday.
According to CGPJ sources consulted by Europa Press, the statement proposed by conservative members directly urged the president of the Congress of Deputies, Francina Armengol, to avoid “excessive criticism” of parliamentarians towards those judges and magistrates, while calling on the government to “containment,””all this to “not undermine the confidence of the citizens in the judiciary.”
However, in the declaration finally approved, the two references were eliminated to point out that “respect for the independence of the judiciary must be ensured in the course of parliamentary interventions, avoiding disqualifications that harm public confidence in the judicial system.”