Osmani: Politics will not interfere, Judicial Council will re-appoint new judges

The political parties of the new parliamentary majority and the Government are  for reforms, however, they will not conduct a general re-election of judges. Only the Judicial Council has jurisdiction over this matter, which is competent to solve these issues, said Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, before the beginning of the joint meeting of the Secretariat of European Affairs and the Ministry of Justice, which is being held at the MPs Clubhouse in Skopje.

He said that some parts of the statements on judicial reforms, had previously been misinterpreted.

“The view of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, the European Commission and Council of Europe bodies, including the Venice Commission, regarding the statement whether there will be or not a general re-election of judges is consensual and the reforms in the judiciary are essential and necessary. The interpretation that the government or political parties will re-elect judges is a misinterpretation  Politics will not interfere in the judiciary, nor will it play a role in the re-election of judges. Where there is an error, measures will be taken, but this jurisdiction has been handed over to the Judicial Council as an authority that will make a decision on the basis of qualitative and quantitative criteria. However, politics will not interfere with the new parliamentary majority in that part. The Judicial Council will have to make essential reforms, within the judiciary”, said Osmani.