The torn justice reform plan is on fire

Protesters, including unions, unions, lawyers and elected officials, condemned the particularly right-wing instrumental justice.


“Justice war” against “political persecution”: Thousands of people protested in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, demanding justice and reform, accusing power and the opposition of being instrumental in each other.

Banners were displayed during a march organized by movements close to power in front of the Palace of Justice in the Buenos Aires area, saying, “The Mafia is not in court, the IMF is in jail for stealing debt!” Similar marches were held in several cities in Argentina.

Demonstrators, including unions, unions, lawyers and elected officials, denounced the Peronist vice president (and many of the ongoing actions against the leader as a tool of justice waged by the so-called “legal war” (state of war) from 2007 to 2015). .

The center-right opposition to former President Mauricio Macri condemns a “bushistist behavior” in the face of the judiciary sending a “serious corporate message” to the mobilization. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections.

The main project

President Alberto Fernandez, a lawyer and professor of criminal law, has denounced the lack of transparency and “process arbitrariness” of justice and has made judicial reform one of his key projects.

The reform, preferred by executives to avoid “concentrating decision-making power on a small number of magistrates”, would in particular increase the number of federal judges from 23 to 46.

The Supreme Court’s review will see the creation of a new event as a last-ditch effort to convert the existing court to constitutional law only.

For the opposition, the will is no more or less than the will to administer justice, especially to the settlement of proceedings against Christina Kirschner, which will sooner or later come before the highest court.

Just as Mauricio Macri was accused of “spying” when he was president last December, he returns to Peronist power with the same arguments about “political persecution” branded by Christina Kirschner.

Violation of justice

Distrust of the justice system in Argentina has increased in recent decades, although it has been praised for condemning the leaders of the military dictatorship (1976-83).

Ricardo Gill Lavetra, a senior judge who sat during the military jury’s hearings, analyzes that “the judiciary occupies an important place in the political arena as never before” in the country.

“This new emphasis has aroused political interest in how he can avoid surprises and obtain more favorable justice,” says Judge Lavetra.

It started in the 90s under the leadership of Carlos Menim, with the redesign of the Supreme Court already, he notes.

According to him, even if there are “possible improvements” in the functioning of the banned Supreme Court (five members), any reform of justice should be “mandated by a very broad agreement, to remove all doubts”. Instead, he predicts a “very tense year” around reform.

Protests against the judicial reform plan are scheduled for Thursday, especially at the invitation of lawyers and judges.


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