Lesmes calls a plenary session on the 13th to force the appointment of the TC magistrates

The president of the General Council of the Judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, has agreed today to convene an extraordinary plenary session of the governing body of the judges for next Thursday the 13th, as agreed last week in the event that there is no agreement before to carry out the appointment of two magistrates of the Constitutional Court.

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06 October 2022 Thursday 10:33
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Lesmes calls a plenary session on the 13th to force the appointment of the TC magistrates

The president of the General Council of the Judiciary, Carlos Lesmes, has agreed today to convene an extraordinary plenary session of the governing body of the judges for next Thursday the 13th, as agreed last week in the event that there is no agreement before to carry out the appointment of two magistrates of the Constitutional Court.

The big question now is whether Lesmes will chair the plenary session on Thursday or resign earlier. There is a date that complicates the situation: October 12, the National Holiday.

Lesmes must attend the act as president of the Supreme Court and will meet again with King Felipe VI, before whom he showed his indignation during the opening of the judicial year for the blockade created by the PP and PSOE in the renewal of the CGPJ.

It was precisely that day when he announced once the act was over that if the two main political parties did not urgently reach an agreement to renew the body of judges, in office since December 2018, he would resign.

So he didn't say dates but there was already talk of weeks. From those around him, it was said that his forecast is that if there were no advances, he would resign before October 12, his next public act as an authority with the King.

Council sources maintain that Lesmes will remain in office at least until the extraordinary plenary session on the 13th. Another front has been opened to Lesmes that he did not count on, which is the blockade by eight conservative members to make the appointment of two magistrates of the TC.

Other sources from the body maintain that Lesmes wanted to leave his post with the appointments made for fear that his departure would mean that they would be paralyzed 'sine die'.

However, official sources of the body clarify that the resignation of Lesmes is not linked to these appointments but to the non-renewal of the CGPJ.

At the meeting held on the 29th, it was decided that if the negotiating committee scheduled for last Wednesday reached an agreement for the appointment of the two magistrates of the Constitutional Court to be appointed by the CGPJ, a plenary session would be convened the following day, but if that agreement did not exist, the plenary session would be delayed until the 13th.

The plenary session will be held with a single point on the agenda, which is to evaluate the work carried out by the negotiating committee and, where appropriate, assess possible candidacies for the Constitutional Court.

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