Justice proposes that courts be restricted to the public after the pandemic

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Justice proposes that courts be restricted to the public after the pandemic





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The Ministry proposes extraordinary measures of mobility and working hours that ensure the distance of interpersonal security.

The Ministry of Justice proposes that one of the measures to be adopted urgently once the state of alarm declared on March 14 by the coronavirus pandemic is lifted is to enable the courts as limited work centers and restricted to external access.

This was reported this Friday by the Secretary of State for Justice, Pablo Zapatero, and the Secretary General for Innovation and Quality of the Public Justice Service, Borja Vargues, to the President of the General Council of Spanish Lawyers, Victoria Ortega; the president of the General Council of the Attorneys of Spain, Juan Carlos Estévez and the president of the General Council of Social Graduates of Spain, Ricardo Gabaldón in a videoconference meeting.

As reported by the Ministry of Justice in a press release, the purpose of the meeting was the general lines of the royal decree-law that the Government will approve to respond “urgently, efficiently and orderly” to the reactivation of Justice, guaranteeing the occupational safety of all professionals.

Thus, in addition to the fact that the courts are enabled as limited work centers and restricted to external access, it is proposed to adopt extraordinary measures of mobility and working hours that ensure the distance of interpersonal security.

The proposal happens because officials can voluntarily take turns in the morning or afternoon for a certain time and, if necessary, authorize their mobility between judicial bodies of the same jurisdictional order and the same locality.

The measures included in the Royal Decree-Law will have a limited temporal scope to the validity of the state of alarm and the following three months, explains Justice. In addition, the services provided by judicial offices to the public and professionals must adapt to the restrictions determined by the health authorities.

The objective of these measures is to lay the normative foundations so that the return to judicial activity is based on a consensual labor safety protocol, which must be supported by sufficient personal protection resources, the Ministry adds.

On the other hand, as they already did in the meeting that took place last week, the senior officials of the ministry have reviewed with the representatives of the groups of lawyers, attorneys and social graduates, the agreed roadmap that Justice is preparing after the state of alarm.

During the meeting, the resumption last week of the services of the LexNET notification system, which is allowing to restore normality in the presentation of writings and notifications, was also positively appreciated, the statement said.

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