June 19, 2013
Gils Carbó: 'Judges should remain 10 years in office'
Prosecutor General Alejandra Gils Carbó has renewed her criticism against the Supreme Court saying that judges should serve a 10 year-term in judicial office.
“There must be a temporary exercise of 10 years”, Gils Carbó pointed out and affirmed that such limit would help to “break” “cooption mechanisms” and the “corporative logic” that she considers exists in the Judicial Power.
“Benefits of the medical science make us have 100-year old judges”, the official added targeting Supreme Court judge Carlos Fayt who has recently turned 95 years old.
In statements to América radio station, the Prosecutor General also questioned head of the SC Ricardo Lorenzetti and the speech he delivered back in February to inaugurate the judicial year.
“I think that people are known for their actions and not for their words. Words are gone with the wind. It is very easy to deliver double-standard speeches. Things must be taken care of”, Gils Carbó said and assured she had “no expectations” about Lorenzetti’s address.
Meanwhile, the government-appointed attorney considered that judges’ elections by popular and direct vote are “viable” and ratified her support to the project announced by president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner allowing members of the Council of Magistrates to be elected by popular vote. “Citizens and not lawyers´ corporations are interested in the proper functioning of Justice. Just like in Parliament there are people from different (political) backgrounds, in the Council of Magistrates there should also be laymen”, the Prosecutor General explained.