Court chief slams union

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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.

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