Politics in the Supreme Court
In Venezuela, the analysis of judgments and legal opinions of the judicial system shows increasing weakness of its independence and constitutional autonomy from a powerful National Executive Branch. Since its rise to power in 1999, Chavez’s revolution expanded its control over the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ). In the first term, 2000-2005, during which the National Assembly passed –by simple majority- the Organic Law of the Supreme Court, the controversial appointments began. Later, through an increase in membership and the appointment of government-supporting judges with a parliamentary majority: absolute majority in 2005-2010, and simple majority in 2010-2015.
The judgments of the Supreme Court, dominated by ruling party interests, have taken a toll on Venezuelan democracy, undermining the rights of all citizens. Therefore, a group of civil society organisations decided to launch this digital project called “Supreme Injustice,” in order to draw attention to the deviations of the judiciary and promote a debate to help improve justice in Venezuela.
Suprema Injusticia highlights the arguments and decisions of a growing number of judgments of the highest instance in Venezuelan justice, which violate – in various forms –fundamental rights, conventions signed and ratified by Venezuela, and the Constitution. We show here the presenting judges responsible for each of these decisions, including a public profile with information on each of these public servants and a link to the full sentences.