The Ministry of Justice presents its crash plans to autonomous communities, unions and groups of judges, prosecutors and lawyers


Justice has deployed all its senior officials in different sectoral meetings to explain the measures to reinforce the organs of the social and contentious-administrative jurisdictions and the commercial courts that will be activated in two phases from September 1.

The most significant challenge for the Administration of Justice is, today, to face the foreseeable increase in litigation resulting from the slowdown in activity during the crisis, as well as the extraordinary measures that have had to be adopted and the consequences of the economic situation.

It is intended, therefore, to strengthen those judicial bodies that will face the greatest increase in the entry of cases, with the aim of gradually recovering normality in their actions, reducing as much as possible the accumulated pendency.

The reinforcement plan establishes an action in two different phases:

  • First phase: Between September 1 and December 31, 2020, support will be concentrated in the judicial bodies of the social and commercial orders with a workload of more than 130% of the module established by the CGPJ.
  • Second phase: As of January 1, 2021, more complete data on the impact of the crisis will be available, which will allow defining the extent of the measures to be applied in this phase that will affect the three jurisdictions.

On the one hand, self-reinforcing measures will be adopted, which will consist of establishing a specific program of action by objectives for personnel assigned to the body itself, which will therefore receive extraordinary remuneration. The holder of the judicial body, a lawyer from the Administration of Justice, two managers / processors and one judicial aid per organ may participate. A priori, this measure is intended to cover 229 social bodies (64.31% of the total) and 86 commercial bodies (86% of the total jurisdiction).

In addition, by means of external reinforcement measures, the judicial body will be supported by personnel who are not assigned to headquarters. A judge, a lawyer from the Administration of Justice (social) or one for each two judges (commercial), two managers and two processors per organ, and one judicial aid for each four teams will be appointed for this purpose. 57 social bodies (16.01%) and 66 commercial courts (66%) will be reinforced with these actions, but their application may be extended to other bodies depending on their pendency.

Finally, structural measures are established, consisting of the commissioning of new judicial bodies, the creation of which was foreseen prior to the state of alarm. This will naturally contribute to absorbing and minimizing the impact of the increase in issues.

Social and commercial jurisdictions

In the area of ​​social jurisdiction, the objective to be achieved will be the resolution of at least 145 monthly procedures. In the case of external reinforcements, the objective will be to carry out the procedural actions due to the identification and resolution of more than one hundred preferential monthly procedures.

In the commercial sphere, the objective of the first phase will be the resolution of the procedures of less complexity but that suppose a high percentage in the workload of the court. Self-reinforcing measures will seek to increase the resolution of air claims cases by 20%. The objective of the external reinforcement measures will be to carry out the actions for the resolution of at least 180 monthly procedures regarding air claims.

Governance

At the head of the meeting held with the CCAA, the Secretary of State, Pablo Zapatero, has abounded in co-governance and coordination as a formula of success already proven during the management of the crisis and that the Ministry intends to maintain beyond the pandemic . In this sense, the Secretary of State has asked the representatives of the CCAA a common effort as a starting point, which involves "sharing data to speak the same language." Zapatero has raised the possibility of working together on an open information system that allows efficient management by everyone.

Zapatero intends to agree this protocol of action with the Autonomous Communities to start directing the work that will be carried out in the framework of the Sector Conference that will be held in late July.

The general director for the Public Service of Justice, Concha López-Yuste, explained that it is a "dynamic plan and subject to the fulfillment of objectives", so that every fifteen days a control and evaluation of its operation will be carried out " for responsibility in the rendering of accounts before the citizenship ". This will allow – López Yuste understands – adapt the measures to the circumstances of the moment and anticipate the actions that will be launched in the second phase.

The meeting with the associations of judges and prosecutors has been chaired by the Secretary General for Innovation and Quality of the Public Justice Service, Borja Vargues; and the general director for the Public Justice Service, Concha López-Yuste. The president of the Professional Association of the Magistracy, Manuel Almenar; the spokesman for Judges and Judges for Democracy, Ignacio González; the representative of the Francisco de Vitoria Judicial Association, Jorge Riestra; the president of the Independent Judicial Forum; Concepción Rodríguez; the president of the Association of Prosecutors, Cristina Dexeus; the president of the Progressive Union of Prosecutors, Teresa Peramato and the representative of the Professional and Independent Association of Prosecutors, Salvador Viada.

For his part, the deputy director general for Access and Promotion of Personnel at the service of the Justice Administration, José Ramón Crespo, has highlighted the receptiveness and constructive atmosphere shown by the union representatives with whom he has met, including Javier Jordán, the Independent Trade Union and Official Central (CSIF); Emilia Rubio, of the Justice Administration Workers Union (STAJ); Javier Hernández, from Comisiones Obreras (CCOO); Victoria Carrero, of the General Union of Workers (UGT), Xosé Barreiro, of the Inter-Union Galician Confederation (CIG); and Imanol Oyarzabal, from Euskal Sindikatua (ELA).

After the meeting with the CCAA, the deputy director general for Innovation and Quality of the Judicial and Fiscal Office, Francisco Cabo, will also hold a meeting today with representatives of the associations of lawyers of the Administration of Justice.



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