05 Jul 2013

Appeal to the members of the Supreme Judicial Council for meaningful effort to uncover the bottlenecks and problems in the administration of the affairs of the judiciary

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"Members of the Supreme Judicial Council,

By this letter we would like to share our concern over your failure to adequately address issues of high relevance to the professional community of magistrates and to society in general, i.e. the independence of the judiciary and the authority and respect its members command in society. We have repeatedly put forth for consideration specific measures, which we consider imperative, if trust in the judiciary is to be restored, notably by protecting court independence from political pressure, the influence of economic and power lobbies and various mechanisms for unlawful administrative intervention that are deeply rooted in the system, including the low level of tolerance for conflict of interest and trading in influence..."

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