Victor Ponta: There has been no reform in justice; everything has been top-level, image question

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In the past two years there was no reform in justice, Premier Victor Ponta told a TV broadcast on Friday evening and added that he Head of State ‘never really understood justice.’

‘I am very resolute to carry out the reform in justice and have also spoken with Mrs Pivniceru about it. … There has been no reform in justice, everything has been a top-level, image and power question. The most important problem are the three million files and people who are sued to court in Romania for three years. The reform in justice will only be when we arrest people that fight with clubs and pistols and the others should be tried out of prison and when the judges says ‘yes,’ we arrest them,’ said Ponta.

According to the Premier, the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) is an important institution that will also be placed at the people’s service ‘at a certain time.’

Ponta also said that one of the suggestions he will make will also be the one that Parliament and justice should work in July too.

‘One cannot set terms [in justice] in July as they are on recess,’ said the Premier.

The statements made by Prime Minister Victor Ponta come after on Friday they held an election for the CSM managers, but the plenum of the Council only managed to designate the president, who is former vice-president Oana Schmidt-Haineala. For lack of quorum they postponed electing the CSM vice-president till next week. The members of the Council are to have their say on the candidacies announced by former CSM president Alina Ghica and CSM member Cristi Danilet.

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