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argentina EYES OFF CRIMINAL CODE

Macri gov't moves to modify Civil and Commercial Code

The national government is also working on changes to the Criminal Code.

Wednesday 7 March, 2018
Justice Minister Germán Garavano.
Justice Minister Germán Garavano. Foto:Télam

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Mauricio Macri yesterday signed off on a presidential decree creating a special committee of legal experts who will work on “partial modifications” to the Civil and Commercial Code.

The government expects the committee’s work to form the basis of a draft bill to be sent to Congress in the current sitting year.

The group of experts will work under the watch of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry.

“In the two years since the Civil and Commercial Code came into effect, it has become evident through its application and the changing dynamics of our times, that we must carry out certain modifications to the law, reforming some aspect sand introducing others that were not considered at the time of its redaction”, the decree reads.

The committee will be composed of experts Julio César Rivera, Ramón Daniel Pizarro, Diego Botana, Agustina Díaz Cordero and Marcelo Alejandro Rufino.

CRIMINAL CODE

The national government is also working on changes to the Criminal Code.

Justice Minister Germán Garavano said last week that the governments wants to create “a more fair, homogenous (Criminal Justice) system that allows Argentina to live in a more pacific and just society.”

“The (current) Criminal Code damages our social fabric”, he told Radio Mitre. The changes would allow for harsher sentences in cases of violent crime and corruption.

“We need to find a balance, nothing heavy handed, instead putting the victim in the right place (within the Criminal Code). We want victims to participate in the process,” he said.

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