Parliament amends 10 Electoral Reform laws

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The Parliament of Albania approved amends of 10 laws that are part of the judicial reform.

The former Chairman of the Special Commission, Fatmir Xhafaj, asked the new justice institutions to show professionalism.

“This support should not be seen by the justice institutions as benefits, but as support so that they can do their job properly. This is money from the taxpayers. Albanians have the right to have high expectancies from the new justice system”, he said.

Justice Reform, SP calls for amends that affect the Constitution

Socialist Party MPs have proposed several Justice Reform amends, arguing that the current judicial system is ineffective due to vacancies created by the Vetting Process. One of the amends will change the method followed by the Supreme Court for appointing their three Constitutional Court Judges.

The majority seeks to change the Justice Reform laws. Five years after the adaption of the new Constitutional Laws, which were baptized as the “New Justice”, the Socialist majority itself wants to amend these laws, arguing that the judiciary cannot perform properly, due to vacancies created by the Vetting Process.

The MPs filed motions that require a new method for appointing some of the Constitutional Court Judges.

“As regards the procedure followed by the Supreme Court for appointing the new Constitutional Judges, the draft-law proposes to change the quorum from ¾ to not less than half of the Supreme Court members”.

If these amends go through, the Supreme Court would no longer need 14 members to appoint their three candidates for the Constitutional Court, but just 10 members, a simple majority.

The Supreme Court is currently operating with three judges, and to reduce their huge backlog, MPs propose that the panel needed for ruling on these cases should no longer require three judges, but just one. Among these specific cases are also the ones related to extradition requests: “This provision aims to make trials more effective and reduce the backlog created in courts. This way it will preserve the principle of having cases adjudicated within a reasonable amount of time.”

Each of the four laws of the famous Justice Reform will require amends in Parliament.