Supreme Court opens registrations for nomination to the Attorney General’s Office

Supreme Court opens registrations for nomination to the Attorney General’s Office
Supreme Court opens registrations for nomination to the Attorney General’s Office

The Supreme Court of Justice formally began the process for the election of the candidate that must be selected to join the list of those who aspire to be Margarita Cabello’s replacement. The registration form will be open from tomorrow, July 8, until Friday, July 12.

The Court’s Governing Chamber will review the resumes and verify that the candidates meet the constitutional and legal requirements. Starting on September 9, the Plenary will preselect ten candidates, who will be summoned to a public hearing on September 12.

The list of candidates is made up of candidates chosen by the President, the Supreme Court and the Council of State. The Senate selects the candidates.

Why does it matter?

The Office of the Attorney General is the highest body of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and its functions include monitoring the actions of public servants and warning of acts that may violate the law. It also has a disciplinary function, which is why it can conduct investigations and sanction disciplinary failures by public servants.

The power of the Attorney General’s Office has been criticized for its ability to sanction elected public servants. The American Convention on Human Rights states that someone’s political rights can only be limited by a sanction imposed by a criminal judge and not by an administrative authority.

That was the argument of the sentence by which President Petro was able to return to the mayor’s office of Bogotá, after the sanction imposed by the Attorney General Alejandro Ordóñez. Petro has mentioned the idea of ​​eliminating or substantially modifying the work of the Attorney General’s Office.

 
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