The Professional Association of the Magistracy (APM) and the Francisco de Vitoria Judicial Association (AJFV) have agreed that they will not attend the meetings called by the Ministry of Justice while the Law Proposal presented by the PSOE and United Podemos parliamentary groups is maintained and that seeks to reform the system of election of the members of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).
In a brief joint statement, both associations indicate that in compliance with one of their main purposes “which is to defend judicial independence” they have decided “Do not attend the meetings called or the meetings that are subsequently organized by the Ministry of Justice for the next few days. “
They warn that one cannot talk about crash plans or reform projects “with those who justify, promote and support a reform project of the Organic Law of the Judicial Power that flatly attacks judicial independence“and it places Spain” outside the European values and standards of separation of powers. “
In this way, both associations –the APM is the majority in the judicial career– They already anticipate they will not attend the meetings called by the ministry and that would be held by videoconference with the Secretary of State for Justice, Pablo Zapatero, on October 19, 20 and 27.
The postcovid crash plan
After a meeting held last week, they had been summoned to new encounters. Specifically, on Monday 19, the post-covid shock plans will be addressed in the social and commercial order, modifications to the current plan will be proposed and improvements will be made for the second phase that starts in January 2021.
As for that of October 20, the associations of judges and prosecutors were going to meet with the Ministry to anticipate the content of the Expediting Law; and Tuesday, October 27 a meeting of the working group on Disability Law would be held. But now, given the refusal of these two associations to hold meetings with the department of Juan Carlos Campo, those meetings remain in the air.
The ‘express’ reform to modify the current law on appointments of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) that arises with the proposed law announced this past Tuesday by the parliamentary groups of PSOE and United We Can, has been received with criticism both in within the governing body of the judges as in most of the associations – which qualify it as “unconstitutional” – with the exception of Judges and Judges for Democracy who see it as an alternative to the current blockade.