From: Exit Staff
Albanian Constitutional Court Reviews the First Case in Three Years

The Constitutional Court of Albania has reviewed on Tuesday the first case since 2018, when it was made dysfunctional due to the vetting in the justice system resulting in its judges being fired or resigning.

The court announced that it held its first session on January 26 to review the compliance with the Constitution of a phrase in the Albanian Procedural Code, at the request of the Court of Tirana.

It has also listed in its website six more sessions during February dealing with property issues, local governance finances, and possible violation of the right to a fair process.

The Albanian Constitutional Court became functional at the end of December, three years after it was practically dismantled due to the vetting of its members.

It now has 7 of its 9 members, the term of one of which has ended. Three members were appointed by the Parliament, three by the President, in what appeared to be a violation of the Constitution and the law. The remaining three members are to be appointed by the High Court, when it becomes functional.

In early January, the Constitutional Court drew a list of priority cases to be reviewed which was not made public. It appears that the controversial law bringing to the demolition of the National Theater was not included in that list, as well as the June 30 local elections, the amendments to the Electoral Code – issues that have grabbed the public interest in the last three two years.