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Weekly Report - 07 October 2021 (WR-21-40)

EL SALVADOR: Judges’ installation proves contentious

In line with the controversial reforms to the judicial career law approved at the end of August [WR-21-36], El Salvador’s supreme court (CSJ) has installed 98 new judges. This comes as the reforms, which force judges and prosecutors to retire once they turn 60 or after completing 30 years of service (excluding those from the CSJ), continue to draw criticism, stoke protests, and fuel legal appeals. All of this adds to existing fears regarding judicial independence which have intensified since the new legislature, in which the ruling Nuevas Ideas (NI) now has a two-thirds majority, took up its seats in May and promptly dismissed five members of the CSJ’s constitutional chamber (SC) and attorney general, Raúl Melara, all critics of President Nayib Bukele [WR-21-18].

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