What bill to amend Constitution approved by CC provides

The bill to amend the Constitution that was endorsed by the Conditional Court (CC) provides that the initial term in office of five years for judges will be excluded and the judges will be named to serve until they reach the age limit. It also stipulates that the President can one time reject the candidate proposed by the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM), IPN reports.

CC president Domnica Manole in a press briefing said all the provisions of the bill presented by the Government were approved. Under the legislative proposal, the President’s power to name presidents and vice presidents of courts of law at the suggestion of the SCM will be abrogated.

When the Constitution is amended, there will also be abrogated the procedure for naming the presidents, vice presidents and judges of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) by Parliament, at the suggestion of the SCM, and the demand for the candidates for the post of judge of the SCJ to have at least ten years’ experience as a judge.

Also, the SCM will have 12 members, six of whom will be judges. The president of the SCJ, the minister of justice and the prosecutor general will be excluded from the SCM. The term in office of the SCM members will be modified and a ban on holding a term for two times will be instituted.

Now that the bill was endorsed by the CC, it can be submitted to Parliament for consideration. It can be yet adopted not earlier than six months of the proposal presentation date.

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