GENEVA (29 August 2018) – The Legislative Assembly of El Salvador is being urged by a UN human rights expert to accelerate the selection process for appointing new judges of the Supreme Court.

The mandates of four of the court’s five judges integrating the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice expired in July 2018, and there are concerns about the process to replace them. One judge is also to be selected in the Civil Chamber.

“The election of the judges should be done through an open, public and transparent contest, which would allow the participation of civil society organisations,” said the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Diego García-Sayán.

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