Conservative magistrate Pedro González-Trevijano has been elected as the new president of the Constitutional Court by unanimity of its twelve members. The former rector of the Rey Juan Carlos University takes office after the end of the term of Juan José González Rivas with the progressive magistrate Juan Antonio Xiol in the position of vice president.
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The consensus between both blocks of the court of guarantees, as explained by elDiario.es, was to make González-Trevijano president and Xiol vice president, following the tradition of dividing both positions between the two blocks. If the following renewals are made within the established deadlines, González-Trevijano’s mandate should last just over half a year: his stage in the Constitutional Assembly ends in June 2022 and his renewal depends on the Government. The same happens with Xiol, although it was proposed by the General Council of the Judiciary and it remains to be seen if they can be renewed separately.
As the Constitutional Court has just explained in a statement, the plenary “has unanimously elected Judge Pedro González-Trevijano as President and also unanimously as Vice President Judge Juan Antonio Xiol.” The plenary session to elect a new president was called by the acting president, Judge Santiago Martínez Vares. This is the first plenary session held with the four new magistrates in their seats: the conservatives Enrique Arnaldo and Concepción Espejel and the progressives Inmaculada Montalbán and Juan Ramón Sáez.
The partial renewal of the Constitutional Court materialized this Thursday with the inauguration of the four new magistrates and the departure of those whose mandate had expired since 2019. In his farewell speech, González Rivas stated that the Constitutional magistrates had to “give example “and dodged a direct allusion to the” virtue and decency “of its members.
Pedro González-Trevijano was rector of the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid between 2002 and 2013, since he left to access the Constitutional Court at the proposal of the Government of Mariano Rajoy. He has also been a member of the Central Electoral Board and is a professor of constitutional law at that university and also at the University of Extremadura.