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 Functions of the Chambers

The Constitutional Court consists of two Chambers, each composed of six judges designated by the Plenary. The President of the Tribunal is also President of the First Chamber and correspondingly, the Vice President of the Court presides the Second Chamber. In case of vacancy of those positions, each Chamber shall be chaired by the longest serving judge and, in case of equal seniority, the oldest in age.

The Court's Chambers have jurisdiction on of the following issues:

  • a) In those cases assigned to constitutional justice which are not the competence of the plenary;
  • b) The amparo for violation of fundamental rights listed in Articles 14 to 30 of the Constitution;
  • c) ) Resources and issues of unconstitutionality, resources and issues against the Basque tax provincial laws, constitutional conflicts of jurisdiction between the State and the Autonomous Communities or of these together, the challenges of provisions and resolutions of the organs of the Autonomous Communities provided for in Article 161.2 of the Constitution and conflicts in defense of local autonomy and leasehold they be deferred by the plenary of the Court;
  • d) Those issues having been attributed to the knowledge of Sections understand that its importance should resolve the Chamber.

The distribution of cases among the Chambers of the Tribunal is made by turn established by the Plenary on a proposal from its President.

Chambers agreements require at least the majority of two thirds of the members who compose it at that time.

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