Cabinet backs major judiciary reforms

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22 June 2005, BRUSSELS — The Cabinet approved on Wednesday major judicial reforms, which will give more autonomy to judicial districts within the next five years. Judges, magistrates and public prosecutors will be able to make more decisions over purchases, personnel policy and budgets.

22 June 2005

BRUSSELS — The Cabinet approved on Wednesday major judicial reforms, which will give more autonomy to judicial districts within the next five years.
 
Judges, magistrates and public prosecutors will be able to make more decisions over purchases, personnel policy and budgets.

Currently, these matters are decided by the judiciary's central administration in Brussels, Flemish broadcaster VRT reported.

Justice Minister Onkelinx said the proposal was the most important judicial reform in Belgium in 40 years.

Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said the 'Themis reform' will give greater responsibility to the nation's judges and magistrates.

In future, the judicial districts will be instructed by managers when making budgetary and personnel decisions.

The cities of Ghent and Charleroi have been nominated to act as pilot districts.

The plan made no mention of merging judicial districts, as reported by Belgian media last week.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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