Changes proposed to Iceland High Court rules

A bill has been sent to the Icelandic parliament that would change the way the High Court, for trying elected officials, works.

Delegates of the Althingi prosecutor’s committee have put forth a bill to change the law governing the High Court, or Landsdomur. Birgir Armannsson was the only committee member not to put his name to the bill.

The High Court is a group of 15 judges, professors and professionals appointed by parliament who are always ready and on stand-by to begin criminal proceedings against current or former elected officials. The High Court is currently in session for the first time in the history of the Icelandic Republic; as former Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde is accused of negligence before and during the banking crash.

The proposed change to the law would mean that members of the Landsdomur would have to complete cases they are working on, even if it means outstaying their elected tenure in the court. Such a change of law would provide for consistency during cases and avoid unnecessary instability caused by personnel changes.

The chief sponsor of the bill is Atli Gislason, a Left Green member who recently resigned from his party’s parliamentary group and now sits as an independent, RUV reports.

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