Decisions of the Constitutional Court in El Salvador

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling for a repeal of the decree requiring unanimity in the decisions of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The statement from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador reads:

“House asks Legislature to repeal Decree 743
Date Posted: Friday June 10, 2011

As a union advocate of the institutions, state law and democratic order, we ask the Legislative Assembly to repeal the legislative decree 743, so that we can avoid a constitutional crisis that would undermine the democratic foundations of the country and violate the freedoms and rights of Salvadorans.

The gentlemen representatives must recognise, moreover, that by giving a single judge power to veto decisions in the Constitutional Chamber, this prevents the Constitutional Court from making decisions collegially, as is the norm in these types of courts. Decree 743, in fact, breaks one of the vital principles of democracy, which is to accommodate the plurality of criteria.

Parliamentarians should consider, with technical criteria and a genuine national interest, that by requiring unanimity in the decisions of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, the said decree hinders the swift and effective justice that ought to prevail in the country .”

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