May 22, 2013
'Democratization of justice is needed but carefully'
A day after President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner called for the democratization of the Judicial Branch, after being taken aback by the court’s decision in the Marita Verón case, Supreme Court Judge Raúl Zaffaroni demonstrated his support, however "to a point."
“It needs democratization, but the Judicial Branch itself must be careful to not overshadow or take the place of other powers. There is a limit, which is the Constitution," he said.
“Care must be taken to not create a Judicial Branch with a control system that could end up setting obstacles for an administration, restrict or paralyze it completely,” the judge said.
Zaffaroni made the statements in an interview with a local television station today, where he further commented on the control of the constitution:
“Controlling the constitution we have is not very problematic, because it is diverse.”
The Supreme Court judge said that regarding the functionality of the justice system “debate is welcome”, something that is being developed, also stating his regret for the fact that “there has been little discussion over the mechanics of the justice system.”
Furthermore, Zaffaroni expressed the need to “move toward a parliamentary system” which would also imply “the reform of the judicial structure, creation of a constitutional court and the reform of the Senate in some way.”