Assimilating ourselves to the environment is a kind of set phrases that’s repeated too incessantly. It’s used as a balm of Fierabrás to assuage all of the illnesses that afflict us and justify any controversial reform. The advanced that accompanies one era after one other of Spaniards leads us to an computerized denial of advantage to every thing patriotic, with a cussed effort to scourge or an extra of verve in an irrational protection of our achievements that finally ends up making it impossive and unreal.

And, as all the time, within the center is advantage. We’re not a gang of idiots and gangsters nor are we the beacon that illuminates the darkish land that surrounds us. Our ancestors and we did issues nicely at instances and, at different instances, it was an entire 12 months of 1898. In some circumstances it will likely be good to take the instance from past our borders; in others, we should persuade ourselves of the relevance of contributing to the European venture what we now have succeeded in doing on the nationwide stage.

Go this introduction with reference to the a lot commented renewal of the Basic Council of the Judicial Energy.

I cannot analyze on this article or the de facto unconstitutionality which, for my part, supposes the present system, in view of the well-known Judgment of the Constitutional Courtroom 108/1986, of July 29, nor the partisan use, largely accepted, that the political events have made since that date to colonize the CGPJ, nor the undesirable public notion of partiality and dependence that for that reason produce the appointments of the CGPJ, nor the repeated suggestions of GRECO or the Venice Fee, members of the Council of Europe, to adapt the system to the requirement that, At the least half of its members are chosen by judges from amongst their friends, nor, lastly, the jurisprudential doctrine of the CJEU, primarily based on the evaluation of the super assault in opposition to judicial independence that, from the manager, is being carried out in Poland.

Quite the opposite, I’m merely going to current the techniques that exist in international locations which have a physique just like the CGPJ. And this, with the aim of refuting one of many arguments used to justify the non-reform of the system. Thus, even when, as indicated, it likes loads, feels good and affords a sure patina of infallibility, It’s not attainable to tug the aforementioned subject and affirm that the system of election of the members of the CGPJ must be maintained with a purpose to stay assimilated to the international locations of “the environment” Effectively, that is merely not true.

We are going to begin with Poland For apparent causes and, right here sure, as an exception that confirms the rule, I’ll briefly discuss with the case legislation of the CJEU as that is the primary time that the Excessive Courtroom refers back to the Council of a Member State. The Nationwide Council of the Polish Judiciary is fashioned by 27 members elected by the Food regimen, not like what occurred earlier than the well-known judicial reform during which 15 of its members have been chosen by the judges. The system is so just like ours on this specific (on this one, not in others; I already know that Spain shouldn’t be Poland. Now, I might add that as we speak’s Poland was not so earlier than the reform…).

Effectively, the CJEU in part 100 of the judgment of June 24, 2019 (Case 619/18) states that “In view of the latest reform of the Regulation of the Nationwide Council of the Judiciary, the fifteen members of this Council who, of the twenty-seven that comprise it, are chosen from among the many judges, are not elected by their counterparts, as beforehand , however for the Food regimen, in order that its independence will be doubted». It’s revealing that Poland used as a protection argument, within the hearings earlier than the CJEU, the similarity of its system with the Spanish one.

We are going to proceed with Portugal for geographical and mawkish causes. Within the neighboring nation, within the Superior Council of the Judiciary at the very least seven members (the vice chairman and 6 members) are chosen by the judges; eight different members are elected by the President of the Republic (2) and by Parliament (6).

In France, from whose authorized custom we draw, the National Council of the Judiciary It’s made up of 20 members; 12 of them magistrates and prosecutors elected by their friends and eight jurists elected by the President of the Republic (2); Nationwide Meeting (2); Senate (2), Bar Associations (1) and Council of State (1).

In Italy, the Superior Council of the Judiciary It’s made up of 27 members: the President of the Republic, the President of the Supreme Courtroom, the Legal professional Basic of the State, Cassation, 16 judges elected by the judges themselves and eight jurists elected by the Parliament.

Lastly, in Greece, there are two our bodies just like the Basic Council of the Judiciary. The primary has 11 members and the second 15. They’re made up of Supreme Courtroom magistrates chosen by lot.

In different phrases, the Mediterranean international locations with extra weight within the European Union, in addition to Portugal, go for a unique election system from ours; in any case, with a a lot much less decisive presence of the legislature within the composition of the Council. The primary “setting” turns its again on us.

However the “distant setting” additionally provides it to us. The European Community of Judicial Councils encompasses the international locations of the European Union which have a governing physique of judges in command of safeguarding judicial independence. Subsequently, all of the international locations of the Union are a part of the ENCJ except for Austria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden. The prevailing choice system in every of them is as follows.

The Superior Council of Justice Belgian It’s made up of 44 members (22 Walloons and 22 Flemish) of which 22 are magistrates elected by their friends and 22 jurists elected by the Senate by a 3/5 majority, with whole independence from the manager.

In BulgariaOf 25 members, 14 are elected by judges and prosecutors from amongst them; in Croatia 7 of the 11 members are judges chosen by their friends; in Denmark 5 of the 11 members are judges; in Finland 6 of the eight members are judges; in these final two international locations, the appointment is made by the physique itself; in Hungary, the Council is made up of 15 judges elected by the judges themselves; in Eire 10 of the 18 members are judges, of which 5 are elected by judges and the opposite 5 are elected by the place they occupy; in Latvia The Council is made up of 15 members, 7 elected by judges and eight based on their place (of those 2 are the President of the Supreme Courtroom and the Constitutional Courtroom); in LithuaniaOf 23 members, 20 are chosen by judges from amongst judges; in Malta, out of ten members, four are elected by judges from amongst them, one other four primarily based on the place and solely 2 proposed by the Prime Minister and the chief of the opposition; in Holland The Council will be composed of between Three and 5 members however at the very least 50% should be judges, all the time holding the place of the Presidency and Vice-presidency; in Romania of 19 members, 14 are judges elected by their friends; in SlovakiaOf 18 members, 9 are chosen by judges from amongst them; in Slovenia, of 11 members, 6 are chosen by judges from amongst them [1].

The record is considerably cumbersome, however I used to be desirous about itemizing all of the international locations with a purpose to help the next conclusion: There are solely two international locations during which it’s one other energy of the State on which the formation of the Council relies upon completely. Spain shouldn’t be Poland. In that sentence are each. We’re, at this level, the rarity of our surroundings.

We’ve one of the vital superior democracies on the earth born of a will for nationwide concord, embodied within the Structure, which is a worldwide instance. Allow us to be loyal to this founding pact and respect its spirit. How simple to depart the Polish government alone on this nonsense.


[1] Information to the European Community of Councils for the Judiciary: Model up to date in September 2020.

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