The process of interviewing the 20 aspiring magistrates of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama (CSJ) in charge of the Commission of the State Pact for Justice began this May 7, which includes representatives of the public powers and civil society.
Interviews will run until May 18 and a very flexible format will be applied, seeking that all the representatives of the Commission ask the questions they consider pertinent, the coordinator of the agency and the Attorney General of the Administration, Rogoberto González, told reporters this Monday.
The Government of Juan Carlos Varela submitted on April 30 the list with the 20 candidates for the State Pact for Justice Commission, and the first to be interviewed on this Monday was Sebastián Rodríguez, who aspires for a seat at the Civil Chamber of the CSJ.
Of the 20 candidates, 10 aspire to a position in the Civil Chamber and the other 10 to the Criminal Chamber of the CSJ, a power of the State whose full room is constituted by 9 magistrates.
After the interviews, the Commission will write a report that will be delivered to President Varela, on whom the responsibility of electing the magistrates rests by constitutional order, an appointment that must be ratified by the National Assembly (AN).
The non-ratification in December of two nominees by Varela to magistrates of the Supreme Court made clear the rupture of the so-called governability pact between the Government, with a minority in the Parliament (16 deputies), and the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), the majority opposition bench (26 seats), and opened the way to this process that involves the Pact.
The candidates selected for the Civil Chamber are: Ana Zita Rowe, Sebastián Rodríguez, Guillermo Márquez Amado, Luis Camargo, Olmedo Arrocha, María Eugenia López, Kathia Rojas, Juan Francisco Castillo, Rubén Elías Rodríguez and Farah Diva Urrutia
The candidates for the Criminal Chamber are: María Luisa Vijil de Laniado, Rogelio Saltarín, Edith Guizado Bonilla, Luis Carrasco, Maruquel Castroverde, Judith Ester Cossú, Digna Atencio, Luis Fernando Tapia, José Israel Correa and Waleska Hormechea.
The criteria that guided the government commission in the selection were those of independence and impartiality, notable legal knowledge, outstanding professional trajectory, commitment to the protection of fundamental rights, democracy and transparency, the Government said on April 30.