On March 21, the members of the Prosecutors Vetting Commission met their counterparts from the Judicial Vetting Commission. The sides discussed a number of topics of mutual interest, including the vetting procedures under Law 252/2023, that govern the work of both Commissions. This law sets the framework for evaluating the prosecutors and judges holding key positions, including the candidates for such posts.

Even though we work in parallel, we will share the same experience and most probably, will face the same challenges. This is why it is important to establish close cooperation and coordinate our evaluation practices to prevent any major inconsistencies.”, the Chairman of the Prosecutor Vetting Commission, Christopher Lehmann stressed out.

The Judicial Vetting Commission members welcomed this approach and proposed to meet regularly and discuss any issues that may arise. “As we embark on our paths, it’s important that we align our assessment methodologies and uphold consistency throughout the vetting process”, mentioned Scott Bales, the Chairman of Judicial Vetting Commission, also known as Commission 2.

The Prosecutor Vetting Commission, also referred to as Commission 3, started its work in December 2023. The Commission is mandated to evaluate the financial and ethical integrity of senior and specialized prosecutors, as well as candidates for these positions, in accordance with Law 252/2023 provisions.

The Prosecutor Vetting Commission is working in parallel with Commission 2, that operates under Law 65/2023 and Law 252/2023. This Commission is evaluating the sitting judges from the Supreme Court of Justice and courts of appeal, the court presidents, or/and vice-presidents, as well as candidates seeking such positions.

In addition, both Commissions are tasked to complete the evaluation of individuals vying for membership in the Superior Council of Prosecutors or Superior Council of Magistracy, respectively. These evaluations are conducted under Law 26/2022.