The work of the regular General Assembly of the members of the Association of Judges and Prosecutors (ΕΔΕ) were completed with the strong presence of politicians.
In particular, the general assembly, which took place in the multipurpose hall of the Athens Court of Appeals, was attended from a political point of view and greeted by the Minister of Justice, Konstantinos Tsiaras, the Secretary General of the Central Committee of the KKE, Dimitris Koustoumbas and the Deputy Prime Minister , Charalambos Athanassiou, the former Minister of Justice, Michalis Kalogirou, the director of the Central Committee of KINAL, Dimitris Mantzos and the member of the Central Committee of MERA25, Eleni Deligianni.
At the same time, the president and the prosecutor of the Supreme Court, Maria Georgiou and Vassilis Pliotas, respectively, the president of the Council of State, Dimitrios Skaltsounis, the president of the Court of Auditors, Ioannis Sarmas, the president of the Legal Council of the State, the governor of Attica, George Patoulis, the president of the Union of Administrative Judges (on behalf of all judicial unions), Panagiotis Danias, the president of the Union of Judicial Officers of Military Justice, Sotirios Kyrkos, the president of the Plenary Session of the Bar Association Of Athens, Dimitris Vervesos and the president of ODYE, George Diamantis.
More specifically, the president of EDE, Christoforos Sevastidis referred to both the deputy prime minister, Panagiotis Pikrammenos, and the Minister of Justice, Konstantinos Tsiaras. The petitions against Mr. Pikrammenos concerned his proposal for a “Judicial Kallikrates” and the delays he mentioned in the administration of Justice, criticizing the judges that “they do not embrace the problem” and “have a civil servant mentality”. The president of the EDE also criticized Mr. Tsiaras for the exclusion – as he characterized it – of the Judicial Associations from the drafting committees of the Ministry of Justice and especially that of the Code of Judicial Organization, which led the EDE to resort to the European Judicial Union for this issue.
At the same time, Mr. Sevastidis reiterated his objections to the Pissaridis report, saying that this proposal, among other things, “dreams of judges-Manager”, while he stressed that we owe a response to bodies and unions that have exceeded their role and taken office. Roman censor, judging judges and prosecutors for their behavior and judging for themselves whether the delay in the issuance of decisions is justified or not “and closing this report, he concluded:” They are deep in the night “. Mr. Sevastidis also referred to the non-exemption of judges from the solidarity contribution, the implementation of the pilot trial in the Civil Courts and the recent decision of the Payroll Court for the pensions of retired judicial officers.
Mr. Tsiaras pointed out that judges and prosecutors who are members of the EDE participated in all the drafting committees of the Ministry of Justice and added: preparation of the new Code of the Organization of Courts and the Status of Judicial Officers “. At the same time, Mr. Tsiaras announced that:
“- We will jointly design a new, functional and fair framework for the evaluation and disciplinary control of judicial officials.
A permanent request will be satisfied immediately, that of the establishment of the Judicial Police and
“The National School of Judicial Officers will be established, following the model of the National School of Judges”.
Finally, Mr. Tsiaras stated: “Justice is changing. And we are all carriers of great change. We are all together. “Political leadership, leadership of Justice, judicial Associations and judicial officials of all branches and all levels”.
For his part, Mr. Koutsoubas, among other things, said that the legislative changes that are being made are within the framework of the European Union and the facilitation of business activity. He also said that the legislation is becoming unfriendly to the grassroots and attempts are being made to manipulate judges.
Mr. Kalogirou took the position of the EDE regarding the exclusion – as the Union claims – of the Judicial Associations from the drafting committees, opposed the opportunistic legislation due to the topicality and pointed out that “of course the time of the decisions must be reasonable” .
Mr. Mantzos stated that Justice is not a place for controversy and there should be cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and the judicial unions.
Mr. Athanassiou stated that the issue of speeding up Justice should be institutionally requested and that all bodies should participate and added that he has raised this issue in Parliament. He also stressed that the independence of the Greek judge is jealous.
Ms. Georgiou stated that all judicial drafting committees of the Ministry of Justice include fellow judges and stressed that judges must have the ability to manage between their family and the performance of their duties, under the banner of the administration of Justice.
Mr. Pliotas stated that the majority of judges spend their energy on the administration of law and stated that the minimum delays in the administration of justice confirm the rule and those who are late are subject to control. In closing, Mr. Pliotas noted that Justice is the refuge of the citizen and the guarantee of his individual freedom.
Mr. Skaltsounis stated that there are delays that exceed the reasonable time and in the minimal cases in which judges are unable to fulfill their duties, the Constitutional procedure is observed.
Finally, Mr. Vervesos, after initially pointing out that for the last two years the DSA has not been invited to the general assemblies of the EDE, described the attitude of the judicial unions during the pandemic as sad.
Also, Mr. Vervesos stated that determinations are made with delays, as well as that cases of cases are filed with other judges for the known reasons. Finally, he proposed a change in the way judges are inspected and a Code of Ethics for all members of the judiciary.