Supreme Court chief heads for fresh rift over age limit

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A fresh ini­tia­tive by Supreme Court pres­i­dent Vas­si­liki Thanou to ex­tend the age limit for Greek judges beyond the cur­rent max­i­mum of 67 years has prompted a fresh rift within the Greek ju­di­ciary.

De­spite protests by the main union rep­re­sent­ing Greek judges, the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion and Jus­tice Min­is­ter Stavros Kon­to­nis, Thanou is to con­vene the Supreme Court’s ad­min­is­tra­tive ple­nary ses­sion on Thursday to dis­cuss the is­sue.

In a state­ment re­leased at the end of last week, the Union of Judges and Pros­e­cu­tors re­ferred to “un­con­sti­tu­tional ini­tia­tives that harm the in­tegrity of the ju­di­ciary and its func­tionar­ies.”

At 66, Thanou would be obliged to re­tire this year un­der the cur­rent pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The union has asked Kon­to­nis to in­ter­vene in or­der to “guard and protect the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

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