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09 May 2017

Conducting checks to ascertain a magistrate’s integrity and the absence of conflict of interest

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Letter to the Head of the Inspection service of the Supreme Judicial Council regarding the rules of conducting checks to ascertain a magistrate’s integrity and the absence of conflict of interest.

"... We further request the ISSJC to draw up and publish the standard, which it intends to apply in cases that call for conducting integrity checks to ascertain actions that harm the reputation of the judiciary or checks that compromise the independence of judges, prosecutors and investigators. A failure to do so would mean that the approach followed may not be based on principles and considerations deriving from those principles, but on the personality of a magistrate, which opens the doors to inadmissible arbitrariness."

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