Tuesday, July 5

The presidents of the Superior Courts of Justice unanimously demand the renewal of the CGPJ

The presidents of the High Courts of Justice throughout Spain have assured that the non-renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) “is incomprehensible” and have criticized “the flagrant breach” of a constitutional mandate “in a State of law”. This is one of the eleven conclusions reached by the magistrates and that the CGPJ itself has announced after the closing this Wednesday in Vigo of the XVII edition of the annual conference of presidents of these courts, which began last Monday.

The presidents have also complained about the regulations that prevent the CGPJ from making appointments while it is in office. It is, as they have pointed out, “a formula that aside from the debate on its debatable and disputed constitutional legitimacy, has come to seriously harm the ordinary functioning of the government of the Judicial Power.” From his point of view, the situation that has been reached “reveals the need to proceed with a reform of the election model of the members of judicial origin of the General Council of the Judiciary in accordance with the standards of the European Union ”.

The claim of the presidents of the high regional courts occurs a day after the president of the CGPJ, Carlos Lesmes, demanded that Feijóo unblock the renewal. Lesmes made the claim for him also from Vigo after the inauguration of the city of justice in that city and together with King Felipe VI and Feijóo himself.

Measures against sexist violence

The conclusions adopted by the magistrates during the conference also refer to what they describe as a “social scourge of our time”: violence against women. And, especially, against the “unfortunate catalog of behaviors that weigh on them, “which is displayed so much on life, physical integrity and sexual freedom”.

The presidents of the TSJ consider it necessary to develop a transversal and multisectoral activity, in the school, in the family, in the work environment and in all the youth training environments, with a view to their prevention. “And, on the other, to consider crimes of violence against women all those behaviors typified in the Penal Code that suppose attacks against the legal rights of women, by the mere fact of being so,” they add.

Along these lines, the presidents acknowledge that they are witnessing “with great concern the increase in crimes of a sexual nature in which the victims are minors, due to events that occur even in their own family environment and, above all, in minors who are parts of broken families or have some type of disability”.