Jadik responds to criticism and announces changes

Four presidents High Regional Courts On Tuesday, he made a very angry statement about a package of cell phone security reforms. Many words are in bold, some are underlined. They remind the government that the two-week review period for a package totaling 200 pages is too short and a qualified report is not possible.

It was like this before Judges Association And this Bar Association They objected to it. And the struggle has apparently paid off: Justice Minister Alma Butt It announced Tuesday afternoon that the draft would not be changed, but that the review deadline would be extended. Therefore, the resolution scheduled for July 3 in the National Council is cancelled.

“I’ve worked for four and a half years to ensure that the rule of law is strengthened and protected, and it’s not always easy. So I take the concerns of experts very seriously,” says Green Justice Minister.

During the evaluation so far, objections were raised by stakeholders that were not communicated in advance, the Minister explained his approach after a meeting with the judiciary, public prosecutor’s offices and scientific representatives.

So the assessment will be extended till the end of July. “As parliamentary deadlines are met, a decision could be made in September.” A plenary session is scheduled for mid-September ahead of the National Council elections.

Court leaders wrote in their statement that the draft was approved after months of political debate 17.6.2024 (The date was also in bold on the broadcast) Sent. It includes new rules on mobile phone and data security, as well as several changes to the Criminal Procedure Code. In total, the package is about 200 pages long – and experts from the field have only two weeks to evaluate it and provide feedback.

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“With good reason, review procedures are considered an essential part of democratic legislation. They help companies affected by new laws and the public to be informed of the innovations and make an important statement,” the president says. Report Katharina Lehmeyer (Vienna) and President Michael Svanda (Cross), Erich Deittachmeir (Linns) and Wikbert Zimmerman (Innsbruck) also.

Short term, no commitment

It is a “good tradition” that the courts, which are constantly affected by changes, are included in the law-making process. Courts have their own senates only to issue opinions on draft laws.

The responsible Ministry of Justice ignored both: judges were not included in the negotiations, nor did they have a reasonable period of time to properly scrutinize the results of the negotiations, it says.

How long the evaluation period should be is not regulated by law, but court leaders cite a circular from the Constitutional Service in the Federal Chancellery. A minimum period of six weeks Recommended.

It continues in bold and underlined font:

“Therefore, we ask the central government to provide a period of at least six weeks, appropriate in a democratic constitutional state, to evaluate these and all such comprehensive changes in the law, in order to give the affected institutions. The changes, but also science and the public, an opportunity to provide an effective opportunity to comment.”

+++ Note: Article updated at 3pm following Justice Minister’s statement

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