Promoting Disciplinary Proceedings upon judges
Disciplinary Proceedings against Federal judges are carried out by the Federal Judiciary Council, and aim to evaluate the behavior of judges, imposing penalties for serious offences of their duties, and even impeachment when the grounds of the law are configured. At ACIJ, we have noticed that it has been a long time since disciplinary processes work in an inappropriate way and at the pace of the political will of the different sectors that make up the and Council -either because investigations on the poor performance of certain judges are omitted or because they are used as pressure tools of the political power upon judges-.
We believe it is necessary that the Disciplinary Proceedings meet their institutional role of not allowing the continuity of those judges who have committed serious offenses in the Judiciary, and that those who have not committed these types of offenses are not subjected to long processes just because they have bothered the political power.
During 2014 we monitored the open disciplinary proceedings in the Judiciary Council, especially following the process started by ACIJ in 2011 against the Federal Judge Claudio Bonadio for his poor performance in the “Tandanor” and “Yoma” cases, which are associated with acts of corruption and fraud from people who are close to the political power.
In this context, we initiated the campaign “Neither Oyarbides, nor Bonadíos” to warn about the risks of the continuity of these judges in their positions since they have committed serious offenses that facilitated impunity for corruption.
The Executive does not question them, as long as they do not investigate corruption cases. They don’t investigate corruption cases, as long as the Executive does not question them. The Judiciary Council must act for Judicial Independence. #INDEPENDENTJUSTICE