The Minister of Justice will receive “a certain number” of “eclectic and representative” signatories behind closed doors, after the forum bringing together nearly a third of the profession denouncing their working conditions.
“We must always listen to the base”: the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti will receive on Friday the signatories of a forum of more than 3,000 magistrates denouncing their working conditions and shouting their growing discomfort, he said. Thursday.
This column, published Tuesday by the daily The world, has been signed by more than 3,280 magistrates, or more than a third of the profession. “This forum is important, by the number of signatories, it is original in the sense that it is not something union if I dare say, it is the base and we must always listen to the base”, a underlined the Minister of Justice on LCI.
An “eclectic and representative” group of signatories
Eric Dupond-Moretti will receive “a certain number” of signatories on Friday, magistrates of the bench and the prosecution, judges of enforcement of sentences and investigating judges so that it is “eclectic and representative”. The meeting, behind closed doors, is to begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Chancellery, the justice ministry said.
The Minister of Justice will also receive the presidents of professional associations of magistrates next week, the same source added. The magistrates’ unions, who were not invited to this meeting, will hold a press conference in front of the ministry at its end, alongside the members of the delegation received by Eric Dupond-Moretti.
“It emerges from this forum an almost existential difficulty”, estimated the minister, recalling that the questions which are raised there, in particular those of the means and “the consideration which one owes to the magistrates and which is disintegrating”, are discussed within the framework of the Estates General of Justice, launched on October 18.
“I am the only one defending justice”
These States General had been requested in early June by the two highest magistrates in France, Chantal Arens, first president of the Court of Cassation, and François Molins, the Attorney General at the Court of Cassation, worried about “systematic questioning of the justice”.
The unease had been exacerbated by a demonstration in May of police officers in front of the National Assembly who shouted at the laxity of the judges. “At that time, I am the only one to go up on the barricade or one of the only ones, (the only one) to defend justice and to defend it in a republican way”, declared Eric Dupond-Moretti on LCI.
The Superior Council of the Judiciary, chaired by Chantal Arens and François Molins, for its part indicated on Twitter that it would receive the authors from the platform “on Tuesday, December 7”.