Changes in the operating model of Ecuadorian justice, to improve quality and avoid political interference, were raised on Thursday, May 3 by political scientists, law professors and jurists.
During the forum, organized by the Platform for the Defense of Democracy and Human Rights of Ecuador, experts warned that it is a matter of time legal and constitutional reforms on justice.
The integration of the Council of the Judiciary (CJ), rethink the scope of its powers and the power to sanction, are the changes proposed by the political scientist Richard Ortiz, because otherwise the interference of the authorities of the CJ in the management of the judges
The ex-judge and lawyer in free exercise Milton Castillo considered that the CJ must have judges among its members, because they know the actions of justice and not only administrators.
The judicial career must be guaranteed, as well as the stability of the officials and the contests without political interference, he added.
The professor and consultant Luis Ávila recalled that when the CJ was integrated there was good faith and its powers and functions were clear, but this was modified in the popular consultation of 2011, in which the Government intervened by this mechanism to have judicial control.
Angelica Porras, a freelance attorney, agreed with her predecessors and also proposed that the faculty that has been given to the Council of Citizen Participation and Social Control (Cpccs) to elect judicial authorities be reviewed.
The jurist Juan Carlos Solines demanded a constant training of the administrators of justice and in it the role of the School of the Judicial Function.
For the political scientist Richard Ortiz, a judge with history, social recognition and affiliation to a political party is preferable to a new judge with titles, without a career who was assistant judge and who becomes servile in a sector.
“A judge with a track record guarantees independence and quality.” The conclusions will be announced this Friday, May 4, said Luis Valverde, organizer of the event. (I)