Judge Max Elibert Reelected To The Superior Council Of The Judiciary (CSPJ)

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, in the presence of the representatives of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ), the National Association of Haitians Magistrates (ANAMAH) of the Ministry of Justice and the Office of Citizen Protection (OPC), the country's appeal court has re-elected the acting judge Max Elibert as a representative of the entity, whose term had expired in the last year on July 3, 2014. He was re-elected by his colleagues with a strong support of 23 votes against his two other contenders, Mr. Durin Duret Junior, the President of the ANAMAH (6 votes), and Mr. Alténor Barthelemy (4 votes).


Mr. Elibert, while welcoming his victory, has expressed his belief that this victory has confirmed that the magistrates of the courts of appeal has understood his struggle and contribution in establishing a strong and independent judiciary in the country. However, he has mentioned the difficulties in the coordination and cooperation between the CSPJ and the Ministry of Justice before thanking the judges who has re-elected him.

Mr. Durin Duret Junior, the President of the ANAMAH, however, portrayed a negative picture of the CSPJ's achievements. He congratulated Mr. Elibert for his victory, but at the same time announced his withdrawal from the Presidency. In his response, Mr. Elibert has said, this withdrawal is his personal decision.

The process of establishing independent judiciary started on July 3, 2012, when President Martelly inaugurated the formation of the 9 member Supreme Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ). The members swore before the nation to respect the Constitution, laws and regulations to ensure the regular functioning of the judiciary and the protection of the rights of litigants. That was a historical moment, the first since the development of the 1987 Constitution; the strengthening of the judiciary had always been a major stated priority of Martelly. Although, President Martelly termed the 9 member board as "primary guardians of the independence of justice", the struggle for independent judiciary has continued and it never met the high expectation of the common Haitian people.

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