Popular jurors will not be extended to new regions

The Chancery has decided to freeze the extension to eight additional regions, scheduled for January 2013, experimentation Popular jurors correctional launched earlier this year in Dijon and Toulouse, confirmed Monday, June 11 spokesman. The information was given at the end of the day on Twitter by the Union of Magistrates (USM majority). "The Chancery freeze extension reform 'jurors popular' in the criminal courts," said the message.

"Audiences longer, jurors no more stringent than the judges supposedly lax reform (.) That 'spritz'," said the union, which has always shown its hostility to this iconic reform of the Presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy in justice. This reform, which should "bring citizens closer to justice," states that two "assessors citizens" sit alongside three judges at first instance and on appeal to the judgment of some punishable by at least five years in prison offenses as crimes against persons.

Launched in January in the spring of appellate courts in Toulouse and Dijon, this experience should be extended to eight new courts of appeal (Douai, Lyon, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Angers, Orleans, Montpellier and Fort-de-France) to January 1, 2013. Experimentation in the courts of ten courts of appeal (out of 35) would then be mid-2013 at the latest assessment, submitted to Parliament.


The new Minister of Justice, Christiane Taubira, decided to wait for the testing of Toulouse and Dijon can be a real balance sheet at the end of the year, before deciding on the , told AFP Peter Rance, spokesman for the Ministry of Justice. "There will be no testing on 1 January 2013" in the spring of eight courses further appeal, he said.

In February, the predecessor of Mrs Taubira, Michel Mercier, had taken during a visit in Toulouse "very positive" results of the first six weeks of experimentation with this reform, announcing this opportunity to extend its eight courts of appeal Additional.

The president of the USM, Christophe Regnard, himself had drawn up an much more critical places. Popular jurors are "management luxury few cases, we have absolutely no means," he had said. It is, he says, "at the expense of all the other issues." "The time spent to recruit popular jury is extremely long," the "stocks" of pending increase, he stressed, adding: "As usual, the judges will adapt, but it is feared that they are forced to slaughter "other folders. "There are actually for the citizens assessors some educational effect, but is it up to us to make the teaching?" he is asked.

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