Court chief slams union
Supreme Court president Vassiliki Thanou yesterday hit back at criticism leveled at her by the country’s main union of Greek judges and prosecutors over her latest initiative to extend the age limit for judges beyond the current maximum of 67 years. In a statement issued at the end of last week, the union referred to “unconstitutional initiatives that harm the integrity of the judiciary and its functionaries.” Hitting back yesterday, Thanou slammed the union for admonishing Supreme Court judges and attempting to intervene in their decisions. Despite protests by the union and by Justice Minister Stavros Kontonis, Thanou is to convene the Supreme Court’s administrative plenary session on Thursday to discuss the issue. At 66, Thanou would be obliged to retire this year under the current provisions of Greece’s Constitution.