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President Cortizo appoints Miriam Cheng and María Cristina Chen as judges of the CSJ

President Cortizo appoints Miriam Cheng and María Cristina Chen as judges of the CSJ

On December 31, 2021, the positions of magistrates of the First Civil Chamber and the Third Chamber of Administrative and Labor Litigation of the CSJ will remain vacant.
The Panamanian president, Laurentino Cortizo appointed Miriam Yadira Rosas Cheng and María Cristina Chen as magistrates of the First Civil Chamber and the Third Chamber of Administrative and Labor Litigation of the Supreme Court of Justice ( CSJ ) respectively.

While Ariadne Maribel García was appointed as alternate judge of the First Civil Chamber and Salvador Domínguez Barrios was appointed as alternate judge of the Third Administrative and Labor Litigation Chamber.

Isis Omaris Joseph Garzón was appointed as a substitute magistrate for magistrate Cecilio Cedalise in the Third Chamber of Administrative and Labor Litigation.

On December 31, 2021, these positions will remain vacant, so the Executive had to make these appointments. Rosas Cheng and Chen will take office from January 1, 2022.

On July 26, the Special Evaluation Commission, which was in charge of interviewing 77 applicants to occupy the positions of magistrates of the Supreme Court, gave President Cortizo a short list with 11 recommended for the First Civil Chamber and 12 for the Chamber Third of the Administrative and Labor Litigation.

Subsequently, the Executive body evaluated the applicants through psychometric tests and personal interviews. The results were presented to the Cabinet Council for analysis and decision.

" In compliance with my campaign promise and the objectives of our action plan, I established the commitment to guarantee the selection of professionals whose merits qualify them to be part of the Supreme Court of Justice. For the first time I honored said commitment when in 2019 I proceeded to the appointment of three main magistrates as well as six substitute magistrates. At that time and in this process, it gave us the need to have magistrates characterized by their independence, criteria, commitment, knowledge and character, "said President Cortizo.
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