The Plenary of the General Council of the Judiciary will meet next Monday the 11th in an extraordinary session to address the reform of the Organic Law of the Judiciary that enables the governing body of the judges to appoint two magistrates of the Constitutional Court.

In addition, the meeting called by President Carlos Lesmes will also study the delicate situation facing the Supreme Court with 20% less staff due to the impossibility of making discretionary appointments of the governing body of judges.

Legal sources report that the agenda includes the debate and, where appropriate, voting on the proposal presented by eight members in relation to the bill for the modification of article 570 bis of Organic Law 6/1985, of July 1, of the Judiciary, registered in the Congress of Deputies by the socialist parliamentary group. It was the members José Antonio Ballestero, Ángeles Carmona, Nuria Díaz, Juan Manuel Fernández, José María Macías, Juan Martínez Moya, Gerardo Martínez Tristán and Carmen Llombart who this Tuesday asked Lesmes to call this extraordinary plenary session.

The members seek to “request the Congress of Deputies to obtain the report of the General Council of the Judiciary in relation to the proposal for an Organic Law presented by the Socialist parliamentary group for the reform of the Organic Law of the Judiciary in the aspect related to the attributions of this Council in the sense of also and fully returning to it the attributions for judicial and governmental-judicial appointments of a discretionary nature”. In addition, “they ask to address the European Commission to report on the Government’s claims.”

The extraordinary plenary session has been convened in application of article 35 of the Regulations for the Organization and Functioning of the CGPJ, which establishes that “in any case, an extraordinary session will proceed when it is requested in writing addressed to the President by five or more Members of the Council, with an expression of the topic to be dealt with, and with the contribution of all the documents, if any, related to the proposed agenda.The President will convene the Plenary Session of the Council within the three days following the presentation of application”

Likewise, the agreement approved on June 27 by the Governing Chamber of the Supreme Court has been included as a matter to be discussed, agreeing to address the CGPJ so that it transmits to the Congress of Deputies and the Senate its deep concern because the lack of renewal of the Council and the legal impossibility of making discretionary appointments are creating a situation in the high court that, if it continues, will be untenable.

The meeting will also address other issues that were already on the agenda of the plenary session convened for June 30, which was suspended due to the death that same day of the member Victoria Cinto.

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