Dutch judiciary angry at reorganisation plan

23rd July 2008, Comments 0 comments

The justice minister’s proposals to make members of the bench subject to transfers are being attacked by judges and prosecutors.

23 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Judges and public prosecutors have voiced fierce criticism of Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin's proposals to reorganise the court system.

The minister wants to abolish fixed work locations, making members of the bench subject to transfers.

The Dutch Association for the Judiciary, which represents judges, finds the idea unacceptable. They say his plans endanger the independence of the judiciary. The organisation argues that worry about being transferred could influence judges' work.

The minister has informed various bodies of his reorganisation plans and is waiting for all their reactions before he responds to criticism.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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