Constitutional Court not spared by criticism, yet stayed impartial

In 20 years of existence, the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) was not spared criticism over its impartiality, but it always showed with solid arguments where constitutional justice lies, President Traian Basescu said.

„In the 20 years since its coming into being, the Constitutional Court was not spared criticism over impartiality, but despite this, it has never bent to any of the parties, placing on the scales of justice all the arguments and leaving the balance to show under full independence and impartiality where constitutional justice lies,” Traian Basescu said in the opening of the international conference ‘Constitutional Control: Tradition and Perspectives.”

„The more than 13,000 decisions, rulings and opinions handed down by CCR have significantly contributed to the evolution of legal, political, economic and social life and implicitly to the modernization of the Romanian state. For me, as Romania’s President, the Court’s case law has offered the cues for my conduct in the high dignity I fill. The main role of constitutional judges is not only to interpret and classify judicial regulations, but also to ensure the protection of the rule of law state and hold constitutional balance,” the President said.

He also said he is convinced that being a Constitutional Court judge is not an easy job.

President Traian Basescu received from Constitutional Court president Augustin Zegrean an anniversary plaque marking 20 years since the establishment of the institution.

On Tuesday President Basescu decorated the judges and several Court representatives in a ceremony held at the Cotroceni Palace. The head of the state presented CCR president Augustin Zegrean with the National Order „Star of Romania”, Knight rank.

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