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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #285 - Judicial Reform: Towards court robotization ? (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Tue, 11 Sep 2018 08:29:11 +0300

While nothing advances on the side of alternatives to confinement, the Belloubet reform strengthens the powers of the executive to the detriment of the judiciary, and accentuates the drift towards dehumanization and a purely administrative treatment, on scale: more Internet , dematerialization and videoconferences. The professionals of justice protest ---- The beginning of the year 2018 was marked by unprecedented movements of claim in the judicial world. The prison guards blocked the prisons to demand more security, more construction, more confinement. They were heard, they won the case ... As soon as this movement was over, another front opened, bringing together, exceptionally, magistrates, lawyers, clerks, judicial staff. The professionals of justice rose up (and still rise) against a plan for the reform of justice, many of whose provisions had not been the subject of prior consultation. Those who fight for the poorest, who refuse that the rights of the weakest are still reduced, have not yet won.

To remove the justice of the citizens
This reform project concerns everyday justice: civil procedure, criminal procedure, and the meaning and effectiveness of sentences. There is also a reflection on the digital world, yet archaic, jurisdictions ever poorer ... Despite the assertions of the custody of the Seals, Nicole Belloubet, the professionals.les were little consulted.es, or the va -vite, within extremely tight deadlines. All of them had the unpleasant surprise of discovering, at the moment when the project was communicated to them, measures that had never been discussed beforehand, and did not even appear in the electoral program of a president who has no vision of what justice must embody.

And for what result, what project ? A desire to further remove justice from those in whose name it is rendered, from those whom it must protect. Justice is already badly perceived by those to whom it is addressed: it is long, it is obscure.

A frenzied rationalization of civil procedures ...
What is envisaged by the government is to move it further away from litigants, to eliminate hearings and even judges. While the behavior of some and some magistrates may be problematic, the transfer of decision-making to administrations, in personal and human litigation, is frightening. However, this is what is envisaged concerning the fixing of contributions to the maintenance and upbringing of children, in family disputes, which would thus be entrusted to the family allowance funds (CAF). Without hearing, on parts, and with scales. This question of the scales is all the more important as it concerns the promoters of an allegedly faster justice, to improve the treatment of " mass litigation". ---- The dematerialization of proceedings, which may have an advantage, can not, however, be exclusive unless it prevents a large number of litigants from taking legal action. However, this is what is envisaged: firstly, as an experiment, litigants who wish it will be able to seize a jurisdiction over the internet and receive news of the procedure launched. Eventually, this mode of seizure would become exclusive. Just see Moi, Daniel Blake, Ken Loach, to imagine the confusion of some people left alone in front of a computer - provided they have one - connected to the internet, without access to a human or a capable to answer him.

Civil procedure is indeed slow, expensive and not easily accessible to those who sometimes can not afford the advice of a lawyer because they are too " rich " to benefit from legal aid, and too poor to pay fees. However, how can one claim to reform it by not admitting that for these " mass litigation ", it is magistrates and clerks that justice needs ? With real hearings, where the arguments can be exchanged without the parties have had to travel several hundred kilometers to access their judges, unless we consider that videoconferencing could replace the actual discussion ...

... which is also penalized
This thirst for digital technology also carries criminal proceedings, where complaints will have to be lodged on the internet for victims of crime, where it does not seem to be the case that anyone can be judged by the perpetrators of the offense. a video screen ... to streamline costs.

In the same vein, and to satisfy the Ministry of the Interior (sic), facilities are granted to police officers, " guarantees Procedures are transferred from a judge to a prosecutor of the republic - the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that he was not a judicial authority, since he is not independent of the executive power. So police powers are being strengthened, although they have already been increased since the last anti-terrorist laws passed, and those of the prosecutors, to the detriment of the rights of suspected persons. The justice reform project is expected to be debated in Parliament in September. It would still be likely to move after protests in the streets of Paris and several provincial cities. Modifications are hoped for ... Professionals have not won yet!

Delphine Boesel (lawyer)

While the Belloubet reform wants to reduce the access to the judge, no real reflection was carried out on the immediate appearances, these emergency procedures allowing a jurisdiction to judge a person quickly, at the exit of the police custody. . This procedure is the most intrusive to the rights, the most provider of confinement, but is never questioned. It is the justice of misery, which everyone accommodates because it meets the requirements of speed.

Even as French prisons crumble under the weight of obsolescence, promiscuity (more than 70,000 people are locked up to date, 30% of whom are awaiting trial), while the most optimistic speeches on the institutional will to promote alternatives to incarceration flourish in colloquia and on TV sets, nothing is reflected in the acts. Despite unanimous findings on the state of French prisons no and no politician has enough courage to consider another criminal policy, to dare to say that it should less lock up.

Special file: Security without the security
In summary:
Judicial Reform: Towards court robotization ?
Europe: The fortress is also a prison
United States: Chained to Slave History
Big Brother: A real public-private partnership
History: Police sometimes, justice nowhere
Rojava: security and local justice
Chiapas / Zapatistas: Repairing rather than Closing
Practices: Dealing with gender-based violence in a militant environment
Treat the sexual abuser through feminist education
And the " dangerous fools " ? And the " psychopaths " ?

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