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 Functions of the Plenary

The Plenary consists of all judges of the Tribunal. It is chaired by the President and, in his absence, the Vice President and, in the absence of both, the oldest magistrate in office and in case of equal seniority, the eldest.

The full Court has jurisdiction, among others, on the following matters:

  • a) From the constitutionality of international treaties;
  • b) Resources of unconstitutionality against laws and other regulations with the force of law, except those of mere application of doctrine, whose knowledge can be attributed to the Chambers;
  • c) issues of unconstitutionality reserve for itself;
  • d) Resources and issues against the leasehold tax rules of the Historical Territories of Alava, Guipuzcoa and Vizcaya;
  • e) constitutional conflicts of jurisdiction between the State and the Communities or of these together;
  • f) the objections against provisions or decisions of the organs of the Autonomous Communities provided for in Article 161.2 of the Constitution;
  • g) In conflicts in defense of local autonomy;
  • h) Conflicts in defense of the provincial autonomy;
  • i) Conflicts between constitutional organs of the State;
  • j) of cancellations in defense of the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court;
  • k) The verification of compliance with the requirements for the appointment of Judge of the Constitutional Court;
  • l) The election of the President and Vice President of the Tribunal;
  • m) the appointment of the judges who have to integrate each of the Chambers;
  • n) Disqualification of Judges of the Constitutional Court;
  • o) the removal of judges of the Constitutional Court in cases provided for in Article 23 of its Organic Law;
  • p) The adoption and modification of the rules of the Court;
  • q) In any other matter jurisdiction of the Court and seek for itself the plenary proposal of the President or of three judges, as well as other matters that may be expressly assigned by an organic law.

The Full Court may adopt agreements when present, at least two thirds of the members who compose it at that time.

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