The General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) has suspended the plenary session this Thursday upon hearing the news of the death this morning of the member María Victoria Cinto, according to legal sources.

Cinto, a member of the progressive bloc of the governing body of the judges, has died after suffering a long illness at the age of 63. The loss of him has generated desolation within the Judiciary.

The Plenary has approved a declaration of condolences where the members express their “immense pain in the face of this irreparable loss and our recognition of the work carried out by Victoria in the Council, as a member of the Plenary and of the Disciplinary Commission, characterized by her professional competence, her spirit of conciliation and the permanent search for consensus”. “Her contribution to the current mandate of the Council has been of capital importance and, consequently, her contribution has been decisive in the development of the competences of the body for the benefit of the Judicial Career,” they add.

The magistrate was president of the Provincial Court of Guipúzcoa between 1999 and 2010, dean of the Courts of San Sebastián and Deputy Minister of Justice of the Basque Government between October 2010 and December 2012.

In the plenary session this Thursday, the governing body of the judges had planned to address the legal reform promoted by Moncloa so that the CGPJ appoints the two magistrates that correspond to the Constitutional Court.

The meeting has been suspended and will be held shortly, on a date yet to be determined.

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