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Both the Secretary General, and the Deputy Secretary General integrate the General Secretariat of the Court. The Secretary General, in the scope of its powers, has the functions of management and administration of the Court. The Deputy Secretary General, in addition to substituting the Secretary General when appropriate, can exercise those functions of management and administration, when delegate by Secretary General.

All Services and Units that integrate the administration of the Constitutional Court, are under the direction of the Secretariat .

Secretary General

The Constitutional Court has a Secretary General, elected by the full Court and appointed by the President from among the counsels that have been serving at least three years as Court’s lawyer. The appointment will be for three years.

The Secretary General, under the authority and instructions of the President, has among other functions:

  • a) Exercise as a senior counsel the leadership of the counsels of the Court, without prejudice to the powers vested in the President, the Vice President, the House and the Chambers;
  • b) Support the President to the court schedule in accordance with the guidelines, if any, can establish the House, and distribution, superior overall coordination and management, in the framework of this program, the work of counsels on matters judicial or any other legal-constitutional nature, subject corresponding to the speakers judges and counsels functional dependence Judge collaborators who are attached;
  • c) The collection, classification and publication of the constitutional doctrine of the Court.

Deputy Secretary General

The Full Court can choose among the counsels a Deputy Secretary General who is responsible, among other tasks:

  • a) The substitution of the Secretary-General in cases of vacancy, absence or illness;
  • b) The distribution, coordination and organization of work of the counsels in the admission procedure issues of new entry, delegated by the Secretary General and in accordance with the President and the Plenary, without prejudice to functions corresponding to the Judge who acts as Rapporteur;
  • c) Any other support functions or report assigned by the President, the Secretary General and, where appropriate, by decision of the Plenary.

Counsels

The Constitutional Court is assisted by counsels. The counsels who integrate the Body of Counsels of the Constitutional Court are selected through competition among public officials who have accessed a body or group level A in their capacity as law graduates.The Court may also appoint counsels serving temporarily who are requested to have some of the following professional conditions:

  • a) University professors of legal disciplines that have developed teaching or researching tasks for at least five years and who have obtained at least the necessary accreditation to acquire the status of professor, doctor or equivalent figure at public o private universities;
  • b) Members of the judiciary careers and attorney with at least five years of professional practice;
  • c) Government officials who have accessed a body or group level A in their capacity as law graduates with at least five years of professional practice;
  • d) Counsels, with at least ten years of professional experience.

The appointment of temporary counsels corresponds to the Plenary on the motion of three judges, by an absolute majority. Term of office lasts three years and can be renewed before maturity up to two equal periods.

Each Judge may propose to the Plenary that the designation of a maximum of two assistant counsels among those serving the Constitutional Court, who are governed by applicable general rules governing counsels serving at the Court , except for the singularities relating to thefunctional dependence of the respective Judge.

The counsels perform the functions of study, report or advice entrusted to them in matters of the Court competence. The President shall assign certain tasks, where appropriate, to any lawyer of the Court. In other cases, the normal distribution of work between the counsels will take place through the General Secretariat.

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