The Judicial Branch prepares new appointments of Supreme Court magistrates


The president of the Supreme Court and the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, accompanied by the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, in the act of handing over the dispatches to the new class of judges, last September.
The president of the Supreme Court and the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), Carlos Lesmes, accompanied by the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, in the act of handing over the dispatches to the new class of judges, last September.Andreu Dalmau / EFE

The General Council of the Judiciary already has on the table new proposals for appointments and calls for vacancies discretionary that it intends to approve in the next plenary sessions. The permanent commission approved this Thursday the bases that will govern the convocation of a dozen places, including six of Supreme Court magistrates. The body headed by Carlos Lesmes also plans to award several positions in the plenary session next week.

The majority of the members of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), whose mandate expired two years ago, agrees to continue with the discretionary appointments pending that the PP agrees to reach an agreement with the PSOE to renew the General Council of the Judicial Power (CGPJ) or that the Socialists return to the drawer of the penal reform con which was intended to facilitate renewal without the votes of the popular.

Only two of the 21 members of the body (Concepción Sáez, proposed by IU, and Álvaro Cuesta, proposed by the PSOE) have voted against the latest appointments, understanding that the current plenary session is no longer entitled to award these types of places. The rest understand that as long as they remain in office they must continue to perform all their functions and have signed consensus agreements to approve dozens of discretionary appointments in recent months, despite the Government’s attempts to stop some of them.

This position will be maintained for the appointments that the Council already has on the table, according to the sources consulted, who ensure that the members do not feel “concerned” by the legal reform proposed by the PSOE and United We Can to prevent the Council from may make discretionary appointments after his term of office has expired. The Government intends to carry out this reform as soon as possible, but it will hardly arrive in time to avoid some of the position awards that the body is already processing, according to several consulted members of the Council.

Lesmes is already working on an agreement between the members of the conservative bloc and the progressives to carry out several appointments in the plenary session scheduled for December 17, among them the presidencies of the higher courts of justice in the Canary Islands and the Basque Country; two room presidencies in the Basque Country and Castilla y Leon; and the presidency of the Provincial Court of Cáceres. The intention is to bring all of them to the session next Thursday, but for this an agreement has to be reached on each square, something that does not exist at the moment but that the sources consulted consider viable.

Squares in the Supreme

The process to award a place in the Supreme Court’s Social Chamber is also well advanced, although this may not be included in next week’s plenary session because an agreement on the final shortlist of applicants has not yet been reached, according to sources from the organ.

The Supreme Court positions are considered key appointments that always require intense negotiation because they are positions at the top of the judicial system and that, in addition, the magistrate retains until his retirement. The permanent commission (the main decision-making body of the Council) approved this Thursday the bases for the convocation of six positions in the high court: two in the Civil Chamber; two in the Contentious-Administrative; one in the Social; and another in the Military. This is the first step of the process, which will now have to be validated by the plenary. The members consulted doubt that they can be awarded before the February plenary session.

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