CSM requested Parliament to supplement number of members by appointing law professors

The Superior Council of Magistrates requested the Parliament to supplement the number of members by appointing two members from the ranks of law professors. In a letter sent to the Parliament, the CSM motivated the request by saying that "in order to avoid the creation of quorum deficiency situations, which consequently would lead to the halt of the CSM activity and of the entire judicial system, as well as it would put a stop to initiated reforms".

According to the legal framework, the CSM consists of 12 members. The composition of the Superior Council of Magistrates includes judges and law professors, as well as the Supreme Court of Justice chairperson, the minister of justice and the General Prosecutor.

Three members from among law professors, selected by the Legal Committee for appointments and immunities following a public contest, are elected by the vote of the majority of MPs. On December 15, 2017, Parliament appointed law professors Ion Postu, Mariana Timotin and Sergei Țurcan as members of the CSM for a four-year term. In November 2019, Ion Postu resigned as member of the CSM.

Six members from among the judges, including two substitute members, are elected to the Superior Council of Magistrates by the General Assembly of Judges.

On 27 September, the General Assembly of Judges decided to dismiss the six judges delegated to the Superior Council of Magistrates. The CSM does not recognize the decision and qualifies it as illegal. The last attempt to convene the General Assembly of Judges in order to appoint the new members of the CSM, scheduled on October 25, failed due to lack of quorum.

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