The president of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) and the Supreme Court, Carlos Lesmes, has been forced to include in the agenda of the Plenary session this Thursday the eight appointments of judicial positions that he decided to paralyze before the possibility of an imminent agreement between the Government and the PP to renew the governing body of the judges, after eight members requested their debate in writing this Tuesday.
The Regulations for the Organization and Functioning of the General Council of the Judiciary state in its article 18.5 that the members of the governing body of judges have the right to formulate written proposals and to include them on the agenda of Council meetings.
For this reason, Lesmes has finally agreed to bring the appointments to the Plenary session this Thursday, which does not mean a “rectification”, but does so in response to said article of the Regulation, sources from the governing body of the judges have reported to Europa Press .
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Lesmes decided not to put on the agenda of the next plenary session the pending appointments –among them, three vacancies in the Supreme Court– due to the possibility that the Government and the PP reach an imminent agreement to renew the governing body of the judges.
Thus, according to the sources consulted, in coherence with the two previous occasions in which it seemed that the negotiations to renew the members were going to go ahead, in January and July of last year, the president of the CGPJ chose not to include in the agenda this point.
Request for eight vowels
However, eight members belonging to both the conservative and progressive bloc disagree with this position, which is why they presented a letter this Tuesday afternoon formally requesting that the eight pending appointments, whose qualification has already been made by the Permanent Commission, be taken to the Plenary for discussion.
To do this, they invoked Article 35 of the Regulations for the Organization and Functioning of the General Council of the Judiciary establishes that if at least five members request the discussion of a matter, the president must summon the Plenary in the three days following the presentation of the request -which in this case coincided with the plenary session on Thursday-, and include the proposed topic on the agenda.
The eight members who make this proposal belong to both the progressive and conservative bloc. They are José María Macías, Vicente Guilarte, José Antonio Ballestero, María Ángeles Carmona, Gerardo Martínez-Tristán, Roser Bach, Enrique Lucas and María Victoria Cinto.