Justice and the autonomous communities agree to put forensic doctors at the service of the health authorities to fight against the coronavirus


The Crisis Coordination Commission of the Administration of Justice has held a new weekly meeting in which its members have advanced towards a consensus roadmap for the exit of the crisis caused by Covid-19 and the judicial reactivation. At the meeting, held by videoconference this morning, the Minister of Justice, Juan Carlos Campo, asked the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ), the Prosecutor's Office, the Legal Profession and the autonomous communities competent in the matter for their regulatory, organizational and technology to draw a coordinated strategy in the following areas:

  1. To face the problems derived from Covid-19 in the Justice sector, a first action will be promoted by means of Royal Decree-Law, given the urgency and need that the reactivation of the courts requires for social and economic recovery.
  2. Likewise, structural reforms will be undertaken through a draft Law to promote and improve the efficiency of judicial processes, with a special emphasis on the digital transformation of the administration of justice. Regarding the workplace, this is one of the great lessons of this crisis.
  3. Finally, in accordance with additional provision 19 of Royal Decree-Law 11/2020, reactivation plans will be developed in the jurisdictional orders most affected by Covid-19.

Campo has explained these and other possible actions must be prepared with the widest possible consensus. For this reason, it works in coordination with the General Council of the Judiciary, the State Attorney General's Office, the autonomous communities and professional associations. The objective is to develop normative, organizational and technological actions, in the short, medium and long term, on a widely agreed roadmap.

Likewise, during the meeting, the need to continue providing personal protection equipment to public employees and professionals who go to courthouses has been stressed. The minister has assured that, as has been done up to now, the protection of workers' health must remain a priority. In this sense, we work together to identify needs for possible post-Covid scenarios.

The impact of the resolution signed this Monday by the Minister of Justice in the courts and tribunals of the different territories has also been addressed, which aims to maintain essential services during the state of alarm and resume normality in the electronic filing of briefs.



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