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Administrative Plenary

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Administrative Plenary is composed of all judges, chaired by the President. Its sessions can also be attended, where provided the President, by the Secretary General without voting rights. He/she performs functions of Secretary of the Plenary. In other cases, it may act as Secretary, any of the Judges so designated for each Plenary session.

The administrative plenary has, among others, the following functions of management and administration:

  • a) Establish the staffing and propose to Parliament its amendment by the Budget Law;
  • b) approve the list of jobs in the Constitutional Court;
  • c) To approve the day and working hours of staff;
  • d) to elect and remove the Secretary General and, where appropriate, the Deputy Secretary General;
  • e) to approve the rules governing selection of candidates to become permanent Clerk of the Court;
  • f) the designation of those who, temporarily, may work as Clerks of the Court;
  • g) to Agree separation or removal of Clerks in the cases established by regulation;
  • h) to approve the draft budget of the Court to be incorporated into the State General Budget and propose or approve, as appropriate, modifications that might be pertinent to introduce in this budget, provided that those modifications are not normally under the powers the President the Court, according to applicable law;
  • i) the establishment of guidelines for the implementation of the budget and to fix the limits within which spending authorizations must be placed prior to plenary or, where appropriate, of the Governing Board;
  • j) to monitor compliance with the guidelines for the implementation of the budget and to examine its settlement made by the Secretary General;
  • k) to decide on matters affecting the judges not attributed to the President;
  • l) to appoint the auditor at the service of the Court, freely approving his /her dismissal and to resolve on the proposal of the President, the disagreements between the Secretary General and the Auditor;
  • m) Any other powers attributed to the Plenary by the Rules of Organization and Personnel and other regulations adopted by the Court.

Any Administrative Plenary decisions are adopted by majority of judges attending the meeting, except in cases where the Statute of the Constitutional Court or the Rules of Organization and Personnel require a qualified majority. In the event of a tie, the President casts tie-breaking vote.

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