Sánchez defends the renewal of the Constitutional Court with the ruling of the US Supreme Court on abortion

  • He reproaches the PP for blocking the CGPJ and its appeal against the law of voluntary interruption of pregnancy, pending resolution

  • The association of judges Francisco de Vitoria describes as “urgent” the need for deputies and senators to renew the CGPJ

The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchezwas very hard this Saturday both with the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) as well as with the Constitutional Court, institutions to which he charged “lack of legitimacy” for not being renewed on time. And he took advantage of the ruling of the Supreme Court of the United States on abortion to defend the reform of the law that the Executive itself promulgated to prevent the CGPJ make appointments, in order to be able renew the Constitutional Court.

In the press conference after the Council of Ministers, Sánchez expressed hisu fear of a hypothetical setback in rights, as has happened in the United Statesand recalled that 50 PP deputies appealed more than 10 years ago the current law of voluntary interruption of pregnancy, a challenge that in the current Constitutional wanted to start deliberating once the Andalusian elections were over, although it does not appear on the agenda for next week’s plenary session.

After presenting the new anti-crisis decree that will last until the end of the year, the Prime Minister reaffirmed the need to reform the organic law of the judiciary for the second time in order to return to the governing body of the judgeswhich has been in office for three and a half, the power to appoint the magistrates of the Constitutional, since, if not, it would be at least very debatable that the Executive proceed to appoint the two that correspond to it in this third.

He affirmed that the judges make very important decisions, so that their government body must have the maximum legitimacy, which is not happening now due to the blockade of the PP, which “does not want to comply with constitutional obligations”, despite the fact that it is of a constitutional mandate. “The Constitution must be fulfilled every daynot when the main opposition party is interested,” he said.

change of majorities

The renewal of the CGPJ is closely related to that of the Constitutional, that should have occurred on the 12th -although the date has never been strictly complied with-, because this third of the court is renewed with two magistrates appointed by the Government and two from the Council, but as the reform prevented it from making any appointment , the one corresponding to the Executive was difficult, because the Magna Carta foresees the replacement of those of the Constitutional four by four.

The problems that the veto to make appointments is producing in the Supreme Court, with a continuous increase in vacancies, did not motivate the change of the Executive, but now it was facing to the impediment of the relief in the Constitutional and, with him, of the majority sensitivity of the high court, since three magistrates of conservative sensitivity will be replaced by as many progressive ones (the two of the Executive plus one of the CGPJ, which usually chooses one of each tendency). Among those who will leave the TC is its president, Pedro Gonzalez-Trevijano.

Urgency on the part of the judges

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In the judicial career, the lack of renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary is also worrying. The association of judges and magistrates Francisco de Vitoria made public this Saturday a statement in which it describes “It is urgent that deputies and senators fulfill their obligation and designate the new members of the CGPJ according to criteria that exclude the image of politicization of the body”, as well as a reformto legal that prevents a similar situation from reproducing in the future.

This group asks to guarantee “the image of political neutrality of the CGPJ, following the demands of the European institutions in this regard”. To this end, he believes that “it is urgent that political groups stop using the judicial system as an instrument to satisfy their own interests, to the detriment of democratic coexistence among all Spaniards”.

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