Is this an attack on the independence of the judiciary? Or a completely normal process? The Minister of Justice is suing the judiciary because they do not support her proposal for a top post.
Stuttgart (dpa / lsw) - It is a very rare dispute between the executive and the judiciary: Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Justice Marion Gentges (CDU) is suing the judiciary's veto against her proposal for the top post at the Stuttgart Higher Regional Court. Now the administrative court in Stuttgart has to decide. Today the court is hearing the lawsuit and the ministry's urgent appeal. It is quite possible that the judges will make their judgment in the afternoon, said a spokesman.
The process surrounding the OLG candidacy and the successor to Cornelia Horz is a rarity in recent judicial history. The previous Higher Regional Court President retired in May. Gentges had proposed Beate Linkenheil, department head in the ministry, for the post. The Presidential Council spoke out in favor of Andreas Singer, the President of the Stuttgart Regional Court.
The opposition in the state parliament from the SPD and FDP accused the minister of a frontal attack on the judiciary. The German Association of Judges criticized that Gentges had canceled the decades-long consensus on the tasks and powers of the Presidential Council.