Number of magistrates at the Nîmes Court of Appeal: “the situation remains critical”, the first president reacts to the figures announced by the Chancellery

Number of magistrates at the Nîmes Court of Appeal: “the situation remains critical”, the first president reacts to the figures announced by the Chancellery

Le premier président de la cour d'appel Midi Libre – MiKAEL ANISSET

The first president of the Nîmes Court of Appeal Michel Allaix delivered  his analysis of the situation regarding the number of judges on the bench. Without any tongue-in-cheek, he believes that small courts are particularly affected by shortages of positions.

Michel Allaix, the first president of the Nîmes Court of Appeal, reacted this Friday  April 5 on staffing  of the seat distributed over the appellate jurisdiction. Asked about the current situation, in view of the recent announcements of reinforcements announced by the Ministry of Justice which revealed a large-scale plan (2023-207) (Midi Libre of April 5), Michel Allaix expressed a   form of worry. In short, while he does not contest the efforts made by the Chancellery over the coming years, he deplores the efforts made by the Chancellery over the coming years. one of the current job shortages. He was delighted with the announcement' additional positions announced, he specifies however that "these positions will not be immediately filled", he declared.

No justice auditor assigned to the jurisdiction of the court of appeal neither in 2023 nor in 2024

“Thus for September 2024, none of the 248 justice auditors leaving the school will be assigned to headquarters positions within the jurisdiction of the Nîmes Court of Appeal nor to the judicial courts of the jurisdiction (Nîmes, Alès, Carpentras, Avignon, Privas, Mende", specified the first president of the Nîmes Court of Appeal. He adds " I remind you that the &#39 Last year already in September 2023, the jurisdiction of the Nîmes Court of Appeal had not benefited from any arrival of justice auditors leaving school. ;quot;. (…) Arrivals are promised between 2025 and 2027, in the immediate future the jurisdictions and in particular the smallest of them continue to suffer from significant vacancies. ;quot;, lamented Michel Allaix.

"Jurisdictions will have to deal with the shortage" : Michel Allaix

Vacancies ? Positions which are planned in a team or on a service grid but which are not allocated  because of an unrealized transfer or because a justice auditor who leaves the ENM is not assigned to a jurisdiction. So it is a president of the court of appeal apparently worried  who spoke this Friday in light of the state of his teams (which only concerns the magistrates of the seat). "In the immediate future, the announced reinforcements  are not there, the jurisdictions will have to deal with the shortage for several months.

Number of magistrates at the Nîmes Court of Appeal: “the situation remains critical”, the first president reacts to the figures announced by the Chancellery

The first president of the Nîmes Court of Appeal does not hide his concern. HOCINE ROUAGDIA

Permanent and consolidated workforce according to the Chancellery

According to Michel Allaix, out of the 157 positions in the jurisdiction (the territory of the court of appeal, editor's note), there is a lack of: currently 10 people "to which must be added  sick leave and maternity leave, notes the president of the court of appeal. He deplores that in small courts  "certain specialized functions (sentence enforcement judge, children's judge, investigating judge) are not filled and are ensured by occasional replacements. If it does not overwhelm the Chancellery which is doing what it can and there are undoubtedly other courts of appeal which are in difficulty but in Nîmes, the situation remains critical" believes the first president who is concerned about the consequences for those involved in the proceedings. If the high magistrate is concerned about current deficiencies, he is careful to specify that he is obviously delighted with the   workforce deployments announced by the ministry for the 2023-2027 program. Which ensured  forcefully that not only would the announced numbers be sustainable but also that they would not be eroded by retirements, assured the Chancellery in an interview given to Midi Libre after the announcements made by the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti during a trip to the Annecy judicial court.

The figures mentioned by the first president concern only the magistrates of the seat and not the staff of the public prosecutor's offices of the courts of Gard, Lozère, Vaucluse and Ardèche. For example, by 2027, eight new magistrates will be appointed to the Nîmes judicial court as well as 14 clerks. Seven judicial attaché positions will also be created to support the work of prosecutors or magistrates.

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