Moldovan parliament speaker advocates judiciary reform
The judiciary system should not wait for political decisions to get reformed. It should carry out its own reforms and become a trustworthy system in society. Parliament Speaker, acting President Marian Lupu made this statement at the yearly meeting of judges summoned by the Superior Council of Magistrates (CSM).
Lupu said that the reform of the judiciary system is one of the ruling coalition's commitments. Yet, regardless of the leadership's efforts the reforms might be insignificant if no essential changes are made in the system. In the context, the parliament speaker said that presently, the judiciary bodies are carrying out a poor activity. This was proved by the fact that because of judiciary errors in the issuance of sentences, Moldova had lost over 50 per cent of the cases submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
"The national justice should not be replaced by the ECHR. The EU court should serve as a final resort for extraordinary cases, and even these should be an exception," the president said.
Justice Minister Alexandru Tanase also spoke about the need to reform this field. In the context, Tanase spoke about the projects and programmes due to be implemented, including in the Supreme Court of Justice, judiciary map, modification of the criteria of selecting and appointing judges, the shift of specialized courts' duties to the common ones, etc. "Jointly with the Finance Ministry, we consider the opportunity to introduce a referees' fund for judges starting from 1 September 2011. This will considerably improve the judges' activity," Tanase said.
CSM chairman, Dumitru Visterniceanu summed up the judiciary activity in 2010. He approached the current problems and the recorded achievements. The judges analysed the CSM's activity, highlighting a string of problems that hinder the improvement of the judiciary system.Moldpres