The Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) of El Salvador has asked judges to step down before the controversial reform of the Legal Careers Act, which comes into force by President Nayib Bukele this Saturday, comes into force, and that implies the termination of the law Judges over 60 years of age or with 30 years of service behind.
In a statement, the court indicated that the decree in question requires the dismissal of 216 judicial officers nationwide and that this measure will be complied with if approved by the legislative assembly.
On September 17, the day the publication of the decree was announced in the Official Gazette, the court approved, according to the newspaper, a 24-salary bonus for officials who resign before the new law came into force ‘Press’.
“The magistrates and judges who are active in the previous cases must submit their resignation no later than Friday, September 24th, in order to benefit from the bonus,” says the text. The 216 officers can choose to resign and receive severance pay before September 25, or they can opt to stay in office for five more years.
In the face of recent dismissal pressures, Salvadoran judges have denounced the Bukele government before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). The complaint was filed against the ruling party-controlled Legislative Assembly and the Bureau, and focuses on the Judicial Careers Act, but also includes reforms to the Prosecutor’s Office Act.