Photo: who accompanied Alberto Fernández in the presentation of the judicial reform

President Alberto Fernández presented today at Casa Rosada his proposal for judicial reform so that “never again” a “political discussion” is decided in Courts. Amid criticism of the administration of former president Mauricio Macri in the matter and sectors of Comodoro Py, Fernández urged that “once and for all we never again say to a Justice that is used to settle political discussions, and to a policy that judicializes the disagreements to eliminate the opponent on duty ”.

In what was his first act at the Government House after the start of the pandemic, Fernández announced that the project that he will send to the Senate consists, on the one hand, of the expansion of the federal jurisdiction -the Criminal and Economic spreads-, and on the other, in the creation of an Advisory Council made up of eleven “jurists of undisputed recognition”, which will have the “task of rethinking the functioning of the Judicial Power and the Public Ministry”.

Those who accompanied Fernández on stage were 10 of the 11 members of the Advisory Council. Enrique Bacigalupo did not participate in the event at the venue, although he did by videoconference.

1. Alberto Fernández

2. Santiago Cafiero

3. Marcela Losardo

4. Inés Weinberg de Roca

5. Alejandro Gil Domínguez

6. Carlos Beraldi

7. Marisa Herrera

8. Hilda Kogan

9. Claudia Sbdar

10. Raúl Gustavo Ferreyra

11. Omar Palermo

12. Maria del Carmen Battaini

13. Leon Arslanian

Meanwhile, they complete the list of attendees:

14. Marcelo Gebhardt

15. Luis Busnelli

16. Gonzalo Kodelios

17. Cristina Álvarez Rodríguez

18. Adriana García Nieto

19. Elena Highton

20. Eduardo ‘Bali’ Bucca

21. José Ramón

22. Vanesa Siley

23. Gerónimo Ustarroz

24. Alberto Lugones

25. Juan Manuel Culotta

26. María Fernanda Vázquez

27. Claudio Doñate

28. Sergio Massa

29. Anabel Fernández Sagasti

30. Diego Molea

31. Mariano Recalde

Alberto Fernández - Judicial Reform
Elena Highton and Marcelo Gebhardt (Photo: Presidency)

“We seek to overcome that the decision-making power is concentrated in a small number of magistrates, who have the ability to decide in almost all cases with institutional and therefore media relevance,” said the national president in his speech.

Accompanied by the ministers who collaborated in the drafting of the letter of the project and the members of the brand-new Council, Fernández pointed to the Macri government and maintained that in the last four years “questioning the judges who were independent became daily.”

“The procedural arbitrariness was gaining ground at the expense of the rules,” stressed the head of state, while ensuring that “doctrines” on pre-trial prisons that formed a “system of early penalties”, for which “the principle of innocence and defense were violated ”. At the same time, he said that the project seeks to leave behind “the manipulation of procedural times” carried out by many judges and “pendular Justice.”

“There is a manipulation of procedural times, promoting or stopping them depending on the prevailing political climate, what is called pendular justice,” said the president.

Regarding the Advisory Council, he explained: “It must present concrete proposals for an improvement in the administration of justice.” “No one can be surprised by what we are doing. I submitted my opinion to the popular verdict and the people with their vote accompanied me. And I reaffirmed that same commitment before the Argentine Parliament, at the same moment that I assumed the Presidency of the Nation, “stressed the president, rejecting criticism from the opposition, who did not attend the meeting.

In closing his speech, he added: “I am a cultivator of dialogue. I value the gift of knowing how to listen and reflect on what I hear. I think we live in a unique time in which a pandemic has twinned us. I am sure that it is not time to impose decisions: it is time for those decisions to be able to build them together ”.