President Basescu asks magistrates to stop protest actions

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President Traian Basescu on Friday sent a letter to chairman of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) Virgil Viorel Andreies, a document publicly appealing to all CSM members and to the entire body of magistrates to show understanding and stop protest actions, reads a release sent to Agerpres by the Presidential Administration on Friday.

„According to the law, CSM is the guarantor of the independence of justice. The institution you run also ensures the observance of the law and of the criteria of competence and professional ethics of the magistrates.

In the context in which magistrates refuse to carry out a public service, violating the citizens’ right of having access to justice, I am asking you to take all the measures in order to stop the protest actions staged by judges and prosecutors.

The resumption of the activity of the courts is extremely important both for citizens and for the entire society. I am publicly appealing to all CSM members and to the entire body of magistrates to show understanding and stop protest actions,” reads the letter of the Head of State.

Considering the fact that a number of leading positions in the High Court of Cassation and Justice are vacant, the President asks the CSM chairman to start the legal procedures for designating the magistrates to the vacant leading positions with a view to appointing them.

„As you already know, a number of leading positions in the High Court of Cassation and Justice are vacant at this moment.
Temporarily delegating some persons to these leading positions does not help justice in Romania and creates a sense of a provisional state to assuming responsibilities at the highest level in justice.

Please start the legal procedures for designating the magistrates to the vacant leading positions with a view to appointing them,” reads the above-mentioned document.

The Presidential Administration makes it clear that the Head of State sent the letter to Virgil Viorel Andreies considering the constitutional provisions of Art 80, paragraph 2, according to which he has to watch the good functioning of the public authorities.

President Traian Basescu on Thursday, September 10, attended the plenary meeting of CSM, an occasion on which he asked the members of the council to observe the law immediately and said that the magistrates’ protest, because of which the courts do not work, is practically a strike.

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