Six judges among the 20 main candidates for supreme incumbent positions

Six judges among the 20 main candidates for supreme incumbent positions

National Board of Justice evaluates 79 candidates to fill six seats on the Supreme Court. Process ends on June 27.

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 Six judges among the 20 main candidates for seats of Supreme Court Judges

Judges Susana Castañeda and Emilia Bustamante rank 19th and 3rd, respectively, on the list of applicants for seats of Supreme Court Judges.

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Starting on Wednesday, June 15, the National Justice Board (JNJ) began interviewing the 79 magistrates who entered the final stage of the process that will define who will occupy the six seats of titular supreme judges that are under public competition. This Monday 27 ends the interviews and the list of merits will also be published.

Even before the interview phase began, six judges ranked among the top 20 magistrates with the highest score. There is less than five points difference between first place and 20th place.

The magistrates are Emilia Bustamante Oyague (superior judge of Lima, position 3), Silvia Ruedas Fernández (superior judge of Cañete, position 8), Sonia Torre Muñoz (superior judge of Tumbes, position 11), Cecilia Izaga Rodríguez (superior judge of Piura , position 13), Susana Castañeda Otsu (senior judge of Lima, position 19) and Jackeline Yalán Leal (senior judge of Lima Norte, position 20).

Currently, in the Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Court, the highest deliberative body of the Judicial Power (PJ), there are four titular supreme judges among its 10 members: Elvia Barrios, the first woman elected as president of the PJ; Janet Tello, head of the First Transitory Constitutional Criminal Chamber, Mariem De La Rosa, head of the Office of Control of the Magistracy (OCMA), and Ana María Aranda.

Below, a brief review of the six judges who are among the top 20 in the process by positions as supreme magistrates of the Judicial Power.

Emilia Bustamante Oyague (Lima)

 Six judges among the 20 main candidates for supreme incumbent positions

Emilia Bustamante Oyague (senior judge of Lima, position 3)

Lawyer and Master in Legal Research from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP). She also has a master's degree in Legal Argumentation from the University of Alicante (Spain) and has already completed a doctorate in Law and Political Science from the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM). She is a university professor and author of twenty academic articles. She is a superior civil judge, with almost 20 years of experience. In addition, she has been a trusted secretary at the Supreme Court. This year she has worked as provisional supreme judge.

Silvia Rueda Fernández (Cañete)

 Six judges among 20 main candidates for positions of supreme incumbents

Silvia Rueda Fernández (senior judge of Cañete, position 8). Photo: Judicial Branch

Lawyer for the PUCP. She has a master's degree in Civil and Commercial Law and a doctorate in Constitutional Law, both degrees from the Universidad San Martín de Porres. She also has a diploma in Senior Management and Management for the Justice Sector from the PAD of the University of Piura. She has been a superior judge in the Junín court, where she held various positions. She was then transferred to the Superior Court of Justice of Cañete, where she was president. She is currently a provisional supreme judge in the Fifth Chamber of Transitory Constitutional and Social Law of the Supreme Court. She before she integrated other supreme halls. A few years ago she had an interpretive opinion in the process between the Ministry of Education and the Padres En Acción collective on the gender equality approach.

Sonia Torre Muñoz (Tumbes)

Six judges among the 20 main candidates for supreme-holder positions

Sonia Torre Muñoz (judge superior of Tumbes, position 11). Photo: Judicial Branch

Lawyer from the San Martín de Porres University, with a master's degree in Criminal Law and Criminological Sciences from the University of Trujillo and a doctorate in Law and Political Science from the UNMSM. She is a superior judge. She is currently president of the Criminal Appeals Chamber of the Tumbes court. She also joined the Permanent Criminal Chamber as a provisional judge. In addition, in January 2019 she was appointed coordinator of the Organized Crime system, the merger of the Specialized System for Crimes of Corruption of Officials and the National Criminal Chamber. She was previously in the First National Criminal Court of Appeals. When she was in this instance, she was challenged for ruling in favor of the request by Ollanta Humala and Nadine Heredia to remove the magistrates who confirmed in the second instance the order of 18 months of preventive detention against them. Prosecutor Marita Barreto also questioned her vote in favor of annulling the preliminary arrest of former Supreme Judge Robinson Gonzales, related to the Orellana Case.

Cecilia Izaga Rodríguez (Piura)

 Six judges among 20 main candidates for positions of supreme incumbents

Cecilia Izaga Rodríguez (superior judge of Piura, position 13). Photo: Judicial Branch

Master in Human Talent Management from the César Vallejo University. Likewise, she has a master's degree in Business Law from the University of Piura and a doctorate in Law in Political Science from the Pedro Ruiz Gallo University. She serves as president of the Piura court, where she has been a magistrate since 2009. She is the first woman to lead the northern judicial district since its creation 147 years ago. She assumed the position due to the resignation of the superior judge Tulio Villacorta, investigated by the Illegal Case. In addition, during the 2021 general elections she was president of the Piura 2 Special Electoral Jury.

Susana Castañeda Otsu (Lima)

Six judges among the 20 main candidates for supreme-holder positions

Susana Castañeda Otsu (senior judge of Lima, position 19). Photo: Judicial Branch

Lawyer from the Pedro Ruiz Gallo National University. She has a master's degree in Criminal Sciences from the UNMSM and a doctorate (within the Constitutional Law program) from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). She has also served as a professor at the Academy of the Judiciary and at the universities of San Marcos and PUCP. She is currently a provisional supreme judge of the First Transitory Criminal Chamber. She has ruled in cases like the 'Baguazo'. She also ruled in the cassation that Keiko Fujimori presented to reduce her preventive detention from 36 to 18 months. She previously presided over the National Criminal Court of Appeals of the Specialized System for Crimes of Corruption of Officials and as national coordinator of the Specialized Subsystem for Crimes of Corruption of Officials. Since 2003 she has seen cases of corruption of officials and has issued sentences against General Nicolás de Bari Hermoza Ríos, CTS Case of US $/15 million to Vladimiro Montesinos.

Jackeline Yalán Leal (Lima Norte )

 Six judges among the 20 main candidates for supreme incumbent positions

Jackeline Yalán Leal (senior judge of Lima Norte, position 20). Photo: Judicial Branch

she has completed master's degrees in Civil Law from the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University and in Criminal Sciences from the UNMSM. She is a senior judge of the North Lima court, but currently works as a member of the Permanent Constitutional and Social Law Chamber of the Supreme Court. He was among the magistrates of this supreme chamber that partially approved the request for amparo filed by the Ombudsman for the State to recognize Ana Estrada's right to a dignified death.