"CSM meeting contradicts provisions of Constitution and law" (AMT) | Tunisia News Gazette

“CSM meeting contradicts provisions of Constitution and law” (AMT)

The Association of Tunisian Judges (French: AMT) affirmed that the first meeting of the Supreme Council of Magistracy (French: CSM) held on Thursday is contrary to the provisions of the Constitutions and the law.

This meeting was not convoked by the President of the Interim Authority of the Judicial Order and was held without completing the council’ line-up, AMT said in a statement published on Friday.

The decisions made in the meeting are a manipulation attempt to hide the abuses jeopardising the implementation process of the CSM, the AMT stressed.

The association also blamed the Prime Minister and Justice Minister for the delay in the implementation of the CSM as they gave a political cover to the actions of several members of the council and deferred the approval of candidacies proposals presented by the Interim Authority of the Judicial Order.

CSM Member (representing the body of judicial officers) Imed Khaskhoussi evoked the absence of a quorum during the CSM meeting as only 21 members took part. Contrary to information relayed on Thursday, these 21 members do not represent the half of the total number of members of the council (45 members) by virtue of Article 36 of Law on CSM, he told TAP adding that in accordance with the same Article, the council should only meet by two thirds of its members, i.e. the quorum required to adopt its rules of procedure.

Source: TAP news Agency

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