The Minister of Justice, Pilar Llop, will hold a meeting “soon” with the president of the Supreme Court and the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, whose objective will be the implementation of measures in the High Court that combat the consequences derived from the blockage in the renewal of the governing body of the judges, which dates back to December 2018. This blockage situation led to the approval of a reform to prevent the CGPJ from appointing more magistrates while it was in office. Since then, several vacant seats on the Supreme Court have not been renewed.
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In a statement, the ministry points out that this “meeting” – still without a date – will also be attended by the minister’s team and the members of the Supreme Court’s Governing Chamber, in which all the presidents of the Chamber are present. In addition, Justice has agreed to extend for 2022 the extraordinary staffing of 12 lawyers on secondment with duty relief for the civil, criminal, contentious-administrative and social areas of the Technical Cabinet, which has an annual budget of nearly 700,000 euros.
This Tuesday, the government chamber of the Supreme Court, chaired by Lesmes, denounced in a statement the situation of collapse that, he assures, haunts the Contentious-Administrative chamber of the High Court. According to the accounts of the room, as of April they will have to redistribute the components of the different sections so that they reach the minimum required and can continue making decisions.
The first measure taken by the government chamber of the Supreme Court is to reorganize its magistrates so that all the chambers continue to function when various retirements occur. But they also announce a legal reform proposal that they will submit to the Ministry of Justice: changes in the Contentious-Administrative Jurisdiction Law to avoid avalanches of similar matters when they are pending jurisprudence.
They do it through two changes. One so that the territorial courts and tribunals can stop the processing of similar cases if they are pending a ruling by the Supreme Court. The second change would be to take that filter to the admissions room of the Supreme Court itself so that identical matters are not processed if one of the sections has yet to establish its opinion on this matter.