The justice frontier works in many Parts of Germany to the load. A survey of the German press-Agency in the States. Although many countries increase the judicial staff, therefore, already strong, is lacking in many places, more and more staff.

judges and prosecutors groan proceedings under a flood of legal action such as asylum. Criminal proceedings often take in the length or need to be adjusted. Prisons are overcrowded in some States. Suspect must be reduced because of the Overload of the judiciary.

The German judges Association, sounds the Alarm. “The work load, in particular in the criminal justice system is enormous,” said managing Director Sven Rebehn of the German press Agency. “The prosecutors have become the bottleneck in the case of the prosecution.” According to the calculations of the Association of Germany is in need for 2000 additional judges and prosecutors.

criminal proceedings are according to Rebehn often much more complex than even 10 or 20 years ago. Often criminal proceedings abroad, remuneration would have, and were directed against internationally organised groups of perpetrators. The evaluated volumes of data have multiplied, often hundreds of stand-up folder and several terabytes of data in criminal proceedings. Procedures be set or take longer. “These are clear indications of an overloaded justice system,” said Rebehn.

The German justice fails repeatedly to make suspected Criminals by the deadline the process. Again and again the prisoners have to be, in spite of serious charges against my son be released, because the dishes come out afterwards. As for the arrangement of custody time limits apply. The judges speaks of the last 50 cases per year. In Saxony alone, in 2018, had to be according to the country Ministry of justice until mid-December, 14 U-detainees to Exceed the Six-month period is free.

Many countries have started, the justice personnel to greatly boost as a survey by the German press Agency revealed. In BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG alone, the judiciary has been strengthened since, in 2016, with 700 new jobs. Since there are 251 additional judges and prosecutors – however, dozens of for a full equipment. To address the “current flood” of asylum procedures in 2019, a further 80 new jobs for the administrative judge, as well as 48 new Posts of service personnel are provided.

In the state of HESSE have been created in the last legislature, more than 500 positions in the judiciary. In HAMBURG, since in 2015, 170 new jobs have been created at the Prosecutor’s office and courts, and 31. In SAXONY, 120 new positions for judges and prosecutors were added in the past four years. In RHINELAND-PALATINATE are pathways in the two-year budget 2019/20 265 additional jobs in the justice system at all, and areas planned. Also, the countries of lower Saxony, BERLIN, BRANDENBURG and MECKLENBURG-Western POMERANIA and BREMEN to halt the Justice.

Despite massive efforts by the judge and the state are lacking in most countries, with lawyers – in the state of HESSE alone, according to the judges Association, 300. In BAVARIA more than 150 state, the absence of lawyers and judges. “The staff of the Bavarian judiciary is sewn on the edge,” said a Ministry spokeswoman. Alone 2018 175 additional plan had been created for the prison. However, the deficit had not been resolved, just reduced.

The judicial authorities are struggling in many places to be young and compete often with the free economy and the lucrative Jobs there. “The job market for lawyers is highly competitive,” says the Chairman of the lower Saxony Richterbunds, Frank Bornemann. Many law students would prefer to go after a Bachelor’s degree in business. The remuneration of Judges is too many are not attractive.

The personnel problem of the judiciary is aggravated by an oncoming retirement wave. In THURINGIA, about the Ministry go to 2031, according to the country of justice, two-thirds of the judges and prosecutors in retirement. The Thuringian magistrates ‘ Association does not believe that the positions can be filled to the necessary extent. “The policy has all but eliminated this Problem a long time”, criticized the Chairman Holger Pröbstel.

by the year 2030, approximately 40 percent of all judges and prosecutors will go nationwide, according to the German judges of the Federal retirement. “The more important it is that the policy responds now and the promised Federal-state Pact for the rule of law in January 2019, finally, into reality,” said Rebehn from the German judges Association.

In its coalition agreement, had agreed to the Union and the SPD a “Pact for the rule of law”. It States that 2000 new Posts for judges and prosecutors, as well as for the corresponding sequence personnel are to be created. “Who wants to enforce the rule of law, it must equip him accordingly,” said Federal Minister of justice Katarina Barley (SPD) of the dpa. Some countries hired more staff. And the Federal government go ahead with the “Pact for the rule of law” is a very good example. Thus, in 2000, a judge, and
15 000 police officers would be in the Federation and the länder. “We support countries to improve the efficiency of the judiciary.”

The countries insist on a rapid implementation. Between the countries, and Barley in open dispute over financing broke out last. The Minister of justice of the countries demanded at its conference in November, the Federal government must contribute only once to the cost of the 2000 new Items, but in the long term.

More police officers also produce even more work for prosecutors and judges. Thuringia’s Minister of justice, Dieter Lauinger (Greens), 2018 Chairman, the Minister of justice conference, said that police work is only an effect, if there are enough prosecutors and judges.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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