Judiciary of Russia

Judiciary in turmoil due to handling of Novartis probe

Straight on the heels of Justice Minister Michalis Kalogirou's order yesterday that a disciplinary probe be launched against him, former Deputy Supreme Court Prosecutor Ioannis Angelis (who was supervisor of the corruption prosecutors handling the Novartis probe) has sent an open letter to the press outlining a long string of procedural violations and allegations that there were targeted prosec

Bulgarian President Convenes a Round Table on the Election of a Chief Prosecutor

President Rumen Radev convenes for a round table on the upcoming election of a new Chief Prosecutor.

The head of state will listen to the positions of the non-governmental sector and the professional organizations of Bulgarian lawyers in relation to the selection criteria and the powers of the future prosecutor number one.

ND: Constitutional crisis if High Court president, prosecutor are picked now

By George Gilson

A top advisor to main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has warned that if the government during its last week in office appoints the new Supreme Court Chief Justice and Prosecutor after their term ends on 30 June and President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signs the necessary Presidential Decree, that could trigger a constitutional crisis.

Supreme Court overturns ruling denying furlough N17’s Koufodinas

By George Gilson

The Supreme Court (Areios Pagos) has overturned a ruling of a judicial council in Volos denying the now defunct N17 terrorist organisation's top gun, Dimitris Koufodinas, his seventh consecutive furlough.

Now the Volos Judicial Council will meet again with a new composition to re-examine the request, and it is considered highly likely that it will be granted.

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev will Meet with the SJC Representative

President Rumen Radev will talk to the representative of the Supreme Judicial Council Boyan Magdalinchev.

The conversation is part of a series of meetings that the head of state has initiated in connection with the selection criteria and the powers of the next Chief Prosecutor.

New Supreme Court President, Prosecutor to be picked by 30 June

The judiciary and the government are poised to pick the new Supreme Court Chief Justice and Prosecutor after the terms of Vasileios Peppas and Xeni Dimitriou, respectively, end on 30 June, at the end of the judicial year.

Peppas, age 71, whose term began in September, 2017, is retiring due to the age limit.

President Radev Launches a Series of Meetings For the Election of a Next Chief Prosecutor

The two will discuss the criteria for choosing the next head of state prosecution and its future powers. 

The term of office of the current Chief Prosecutor expires in January 2020, and the procedure for choosing his successor is open between 4 and 6 months earlier.

Of judges and opportunists

Whether they wanted it or not, our judicial officials today find themselves at the center of political life. They share a lot of responsibility for what is happening and will have to play a leading role in fixing the situation.

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