Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Judges: Justice is being Emptied of Meaning

Several hundreds of judges are supporting a manifesto from seven judges of the court in Leeuwarden. They have prepared a manifest against the emptying of meaning of speaking justice in the Netherlands and the way the Council for the Administration of Justice represents them. They say that judges have no influence on the appointment of judges and that the Council of Administration of Justice, which makes these appointments is also not influenced by the judges. The signatories of the manifesto claim that justice in the Netherlands is increasingly resembling a cookie factory, where the main aims are high production. One of the initiators, Judge Menno Zamdbergen said that all of this leads to perverse incentives such as abstaining from calling up witnesses, or to punish when it is not necessary, because otherwise one doesn’t meet one’s productivity targets.

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