ENCJ

MEDEL welcomes the statement of ENCJ on the situation of the Judiciary in Turkey and reaffirms it's full commitment to defend the Rule of Law in Turkey and its solidarity with all the Turkish judges, prosecutors and all other citizens who have been unlawfully persecuted.

On 8 December 2016 the ENCJ General Assembly suspended the observer status of the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors of Turkey as it  no longer complied with the ENCJ Statutes and was no longer an institution which is independent of the executive and legislature ensuring the final responsibility for the support of the judiciary in the independent delivery of justice.

Four years later, unfortunately, the situation has not improved and has in fact deteriorated considerably. The Council for Judges and Prosecutors is a Council in name only, as none of its actions or decisions demonstrate any concern for the independence of the judiciary. Without a Council to protect and guarantee the independent delivery of justice in Turkey, there is little hope for the Rule of Law in Turkey in general and for access to independent, fair and impartial courts for all who come before the courts including Turkish citizens.  

COEMEDEL participated at the plenary meeting of the CONSULTATIVE COUNCIL OF EUROPEAN PROSECUTORS (CCPE), held in 18-19 November 2020.

It the plenary, the CCPE approved Opinion No. 15 (2020): The role of prosecutors in emergency situations, in particular when facing a pandemic.

MEDEL

MEDEL and other three european associations (Judges for Judges, Association of European Adminstrative Judges and European Association of Judges) sent a letter to the President of the European Council, the President of EU Commission and the German Presidency of the EU Council, asking for clear and unequivocal action in defense of Rule of Law in Poland and in the European Union.
 
Medel et trois autres associations européennes (Judges for Judges, Association des Juges Administratifs Européens et Association Européenne des Juges) ont envoyé une lettre au président du Conseil Européen, à la Présidente de la Commission Européenne et à la présidence allemande du Conseil de l’UE, demandant une action claire et sans équivoque pour la défense de l’État de Droit en Pologne et dans l’Union Européenne.

EU

The European Commission has replied to the letter of the Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey (of which MEDEL is a member) of 31 August 2020. You can read it below:

Thank you for your letter dated 31 August 2020 and sent to Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen, Vice President Vera Jourova, Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi and HR/VP Josep Borrell Fontelles.

I have been asked to reply. I would like to inform you that, in the context of the EU enlargement policy, the European Commission monitors closely developments and reports on the progress achieved by Turkey in a number of policy areas.

MEDEL

MEDEL condemns the decision of the disciplinary chamber of the Polish Supreme court on lifting the immunity of judge Igor Tuleya, suspending him and reducing his salary.

Interview of Monika Frackowiak about the rule of law breaches taking place in PolandDon't miss the interview of Monika Frackowiak, member of the board of MEDEL, to New Europeans' "Friday Casebook" - the situation of #RuleOfLaw in #Poland and the threats to the independence of the Judiciary in the #EU.

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Find here the final text of Opinion no. 23 of the CCJE, approved at the plenary session on November 6th 2020.

It's a very important text about the role of judicial associations in promoting Rule of Law and many of MEDEL's suggestions were accepted.

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MEDEL actively cooperated and contributed to the report "The Functioning of Courts in the COVID/19 pandemic", now published by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created considerable challenges for the functioning of courts during states of emergency, curfews and lockdowns. Yet, courts have a vital function during and after the pandemic, in particular to ensure judicial scrutiny of emergency legislation and to provide an effective remedy against excessive emergency measures in individual cases.

"The Role of Associations of Judges in Supporting Judicial Independence"

MEDEL was present as oberver in the 21st plenary meeting of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) of the Council of Europe.

Today, the plenary adopted the important Opinion no. 23(2020) - "The Role of Associations of Judges in Supporting Judicial Independence".

Le MondeMEDEL has co-signed an article in the french newspaper Le Monde denouncing the attacks against the independence of the public prosecution service in France. You can read the article below:

Eric Dupond-Moretti s’est engagé à transmettre à Jean Castex l’enquête administrative qu’il a ordonnée contre trois magistrats du PNF. Des juristes, avocats et universitaires estiment que le garde des sceaux est plongé dans un « conflit d’intérêts majeur ».

Les manœuvres dont fait l’objet, depuis trois mois, le Parquet national financier (PNF), méritent que chaque citoyen, chaque personne soucieuse du bien public et du bon fonctionnement de la démocratie, s’attache à comprendre, à analyser et à dénoncer l’épisode qui est en train de se jouer sous ses yeux.

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