Organic Law 7/2015, of July 21, 2015, amending Judiciary Organic Law 6/1985, of July 1, 1985, and approved by the lower house of the Spanish parliament on July 8, 2015, was published in the Official State Gazette on July 22, 2015.
The Law will come into force on October 1, 2015, except for paragraphs one, two and five of Final Provision three (amending Judicial Review Jurisdiction Law 29/1998, of July 13, 1998), which is set to enter into force one year after its publication (Final Provision ten).
This reform, laid out in a single article containing one hundred and sixteen paragraphs, ushers in a series of structural and organizational measures intended to bring enhancements to the efficiency and flexibility of the Spanish judicial system. The new measures enacted include the following:
1. Military courts
2. European Union law and international cooperation
3. A new ground for application for judicial review of final decisions to the Supreme Court
4. Revision of the rules on allocating jurisdiction to the Spanish civil courts
5. Measures to expedite and specialize judicial responses
6. Personal data protection
7. Abolition of direct civil liability of judges
8. Institutional reforms
9. Legal officers of the justice system
10. Amendments to provisions relating to public officials in the service of the justice system and other persons and institutions that cooperate with the justice system