The magistrates refuse the organic bill

To remedy the slowness of judicial procedures, the new draft organic law on the status of magistrates includes a measure concerning the time taken to process cases. This introduction, however, does not seem to please the magistrates who reject any intervention in their cases, believing that it affects the independence of justice.

While this is good news for citizens who in some cases find themselves in court for several years in their cases, the introduction of a measure relating to an indicative delimitation of legal proceedings is rejected by the judges .

Under consideration in Parliament, the draft organic law which should allow the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) to set deadlines for the processing of files, has not been the subject of consultation with the Club des magistrats of Morocco which is rebelling today rejecting the provisions of the said project.

In question, this delimitation of the time allotted to the treatment of certain files according to their nature which according to the magistrates constitutes a threat to the independence of justice.

The magistrates represented by their professional association believe that the Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Ouahbi, should have consulted them and heard the reasons for their refusal and call for their remarks to be taken into account.

They believe that they are not responsible for the slowness of the legal proceedings, and place the responsibility on the performing parties. However, it is clear that the adjournments of sessions are numerous and their rescheduling, a week or several weeks later, is one of the main causes of the slowness.

According to them, the human and material resources should already be increased to allow the magistrates to process the files more efficiently and quickly, raising the large number of files to be processed.

They affirm that the complexity of certain files, the number of speakers, the judicial inquiries are one of the main reasons for the slowness of the procedures, hence the rejection of the setting of any time limit in the processing of the cases.

Finally, they also mention elements related to the time of notification, the judgments, the decisions and the presentation of the parties, which delays the procedures.

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