Thursday, January 20

Who are the four new magistrates of the Constitutional Court?

Enrique Arnaldo

His name has been the only one that has coincided with the pools made after the agreement between the two major parties was known, because it is a fixed one of those proposed by the PP in all renewals and has finally been elected to be part of the Constitutional Court. Since 1985 he has been a lawyer in the Cortes and since 2002 he combines that work with that of Partner lawyer specialized in public, constitutional and administrative law in the law firm Legal and Procedural Studies, as it appears on your Linkedin profile. He has a degree and a doctorate in Law from the Complutense University, he was a member of the General Council of the Judiciary between 1985 and 2001.

Conception Espejel

President of the Criminal Chamber of the National Court has become the first woman that the PP proposes for the Constitutional Court. In a conservative manner, she was separated by her colleagues from the plenary session of the Chamber from the resolution of any matter related to the Gürtel case, together with the current Madrid Minister of Justice, Enrique Lopez, considering that it did not fulfill the appearance of impartiality necessary to be able to pronounce on them due to its relationship with the party that has precisely promoted it for the Constitutional Court. Together with Sáez Valcárcel, he was part of the court that tried the ‘eldest’ Josep Lluís Trapero for the actions of the Mossos on 1-O and pleaded for his conviction for sedition, but he remained in the minority.

Ramón Sáez Valcárcel

This magistrate of the First Criminal Section of the National Court will make 36 years in January that he entered the judicial career. He has never left the courts except to be a member of the General Council of the Judiciary. Despite this, he has been watching for years how magistrates with much less experience than him overtake him to reach the Supreme Court, because it is always easier when your ideology is conservative. Sáez is on the left and has never hidden it. Among the sentences of which he has been a speaker, the acquittal of the ‘major’ stands out. Josep Lluís Trapero for the actions of the Mossos in 1-O and the one that dictated for the defendants for the assault on Parliament, a resolution that the Supreme Court later revoked and imposed sentences that the TC confirmed.

Immaculate Montalbán

Currently a magistrate in the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia, she was a member of the General Council of the Judicial Power that began mandate in 2008, although for six years before he was part of its committee of experts on domestic violence. She is considered an expert in gender equality, gender violence and anti-discrimination law, which is why she was elected to chair the Observatory against Domestic and Gender Violence and the Equality Commission of Spain. She is Andalusian and a feminist like Judge María Luisa Balaguer, who has been characterized by defending the gender perspective in her private votes with respect to the rest of the plenary session.

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