Five of the seven associations of judges and prosecutors have signed a manifesto in which they demand judicial independence and denounce “the spectacle of the partisan struggle to control the Judicial Power”.
Among other things they claim that the CGPJ “serve for guarantee the independence of this State Power from the other two (Legislative and Executive)“, that” the other two Powers of the State stop interfering in the system of appointment of the judges “, that” the proposal of law of the PSOE and United We can be definitively withdrawn in the Congress of Deputies “and that “the 12 judicial members of the CGPJ are directly elected by all the judges and magistrates”.
The text is signed by the Professional Association of the Magistracy (APM), the Francisco de Vitoria Judicial Association (AJFV), the Independent Judicial Forum (FJI), the Association of prosecutors (OF) and the Independent Professional Association of Prosecutors (APIF).
Citizen’s manifesto for judicial independence
Spanish society observes with great concern and fatigue the spectacle of the partisan struggle to control the Judicial Power, more and more citizens aware that there is no Democracy without Separation of Powers. That is why the signatories of this manifesto CLAIM:
- That the General Council of the Judicial Power CGPJ serves for what it was created to guarantee the independence of this Power of the State with respect to the other two (Legislative and Executive). A CGPJ fully elected by another State Power can hardly guarantee such independence, which is only possible by respecting the Separation of Powers, the foundation and essence of our Democracy.
- That the other two Powers of the State stop interfering in the system of appointment of judges, as various European instances have been claiming the Kingdom of Spain: to insist on an exhausted, outdated and outdated model such as the current one hinders the effective control it exercises and must exercise the Judicial Power over the Legislative and Executive.
- That the proposed law of the PSOE and United We Can be definitively withdrawn in the Congress of Deputies that aims to reform the Organic Law of the Judicial Power (LOPJ) by reducing the parliamentary majorities to elect the 12 judicial members of the CGPJ: this reform worsens even more the politicization of the governing body of the judges and completely moves away from the European standards of independence and the appearance of independence that are required for the Separation of Powers that characterizes a State of Law.
- That the 12 judicial members of the CGPJ be elected directly by all the judges and magistrates in accordance with the text and spirit of article 122.3 of the Spanish Constitution, reforming the LOPJ in accordance with the decisions and recommendations that Europe has been reiterating to our country for years. to strengthen the autonomy and independence of the Judicial Power in Spain.