Court closes when school is out
Many courts are not working during school holidays, resulting in backlog of existing court cases.4 April 2008
BELGIUM - The Flemish Bar Association has voiced its concern about the fact that many courts are not working during the school holidays.
As a result of which, the backlog in dealing with cases has piled up even more than usual. The National Magistrates’ Association has already denied all allegations.
Officially, Belgian courts do not work during the summer holidays, in July and August. But many lawyers will readily agree there are also considerably fewer sessions during the other school holidays.
“We’ve noticed that some courts already suffer from backlogs as it is. Taking this into account, we do find it rather strange that many of them cancel their Easter holiday sessions,” Kathleen Vercraeye of the Flemish Bar Association says.
The National Magistrates’ Association, on the other hand, sees no immediate problem in staggering the holiday periods.
“The positive effects of an 8-week holiday period are short-lived. Because of this, we find it more worthwhile to spread the holidays over the year,” Jan Geysen of the National Magistrates’ Association says.
According to Geysen, the staggering doesn’t increase the existing backlogs. “Our clients are none the worse for it as their cases are dealt with within the month anyway, as is provided under the law,” he says.
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]