Publicado el 31 de octubre de 2019 – 00: 22CARMEN LUCAS-TORRES
«Judicial independence, a pillar of the rule of law, is in danger in Catalonia due to the interference of the Generalitat». Catalan judges warn of the situation in which the judiciary is in the region as a result of the independence challenge. Up to 101 have left Catalonia since 2017, when the illegal referendum was held on October 1 and the investigation of the procés leaders began, and one in four places of judges that are convened throughout Spain correspond to Catalonia, according to the data officers managed by the General Council of the Judiciary.
The spokesman for the Professional Association of the Magistracy (APM) in Catalonia, Pablo Baró Martín, believes that one can already speak of an “exodus of judges” in the region. Professionals “prefer to practice in quieter communities, where independence is not a problem,” he explains to El Independiente. Baró regrets the “continuous attack and disrespect of the Catalan institutions belonging to the Generalitat towards Justice.”
Broken relationships with the Ministry of Justice
«There is no relationship with the Ministry of Justice; the Catalan Government planned in 2017 (with its Visió Justícia document paralyzed by the TSJ with the support of the CGPJ) to inspect all the courts and the Catalan Prosecutor’s Office; they incur an absolute neglect of the maintenance of the courts that has led to the suspension of the activity in places like Martorell (Barcelona) and we listen to continuous public statements of representatives of the Government against the decisions of the judges ”, reviews the president of the APM in Catalonia, majority association, which exercises in a social court. “The State cannot afford this weakening of a fundamental power for our democracy by political interference,” he denounces.
In 2017, the year the Parliament passed the Unilateral Declaration of Independence and the 1-O referendum was held, 21 judges voluntarily left Catalonia. In 2018, when the Supreme Court prosecuted the independence leaders, there were 48 judges who left the region. This 2019, which will go down in history through the trial and sentence of the procés, has been 32.
Baró reviews the situations to which the independentists have submitted to their companions during this time, such as escraches, painted in the courts, at the doors of their homes or the spreading of hundreds of kilos of garbage at the doors of the judicial dependencies.
Incentives for working in Catalonia
To the mentioned facts adds the tense social situation that is lived daily in Catalonia and that faces the citizens. A reality to which the judges are not strangers either. Hence, the APM proposed to the Ministry of Justice the payment of economic incentives to those who fill places in Catalonia.
According to the last contest of places for judges published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) this Monday, of the 144 offered, 35 correspond to Catalonia. That is, 24.30% of these. The spokesman of the APM defends in a telephone conversation with this newspaper that the political situation “cannot endanger judicial assistance to any citizen, whether from Vic or any other corner of Spain.”