At the opening ceremony of the judicial year, the Lehendakari defended “seeking a flexible adaptation of the Judiciary, and its government, in accordance with a composite State.”
A. S. | EITB MEDIA
The Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, has once again criticized the lack of renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary and has called for “dialogue and collaboration between judicial bodies, institutions and citizens”, because he believes that “the Judiciary should not be alien to the decentralized territorial conformation of the State”.
At the opening ceremony of the judicial year, Urkullu stated, in reference to his reflection on the Judiciary and the decentralized territorial formation of the State, that it is “striking” that “this raises controversy.” “More so if you consider that the Judicial Power is, by definition, an atomized and non-unitary power, since it is embodied by each and every one of the judges and magistrates,” he noted.
For the Lehendakari, “this circumstance should not be forgotten when seeking a flexible adaptation of the Judiciary, and its government, in accordance with a composite State.”
Urkullu has pointed out that in Euskadi “steps are still being taken” to respond to the commitments made and making a great budgetary effort. “We are aware that investing in Justice is investing in well-being,” he said.
Thus, he wanted to highlight some of the projects that are already underway, such as the Strategic Justice Plan of Euskadi 2022-2028 or the Permanent Judicial Headquarters Plan 2030.
Among the investments, the Lehendakari has highlighted the new Judicial Palace in Bilbao or the opening of the new building of the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Bizkaia, as well as the opening of the offices of the sentence management service in the vicinity of the Palace of Justice in Gasteiz or the future new premises for cooperation services with justice near the San Sebastián courts.
Once again, the meeting was held with the General Council of the Judiciary blocked. The CGPJ has been in operation for almost five years. The PP’s veto on the renewal of the CGPJ has meant that the body remains on an interim basis despite warnings from the European Commission and the Council of Europe about the serious situation that an acting Judiciary represents for the health of democracy.
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