Friday, 31 January 2014 - 04:32
Work pressure threatens justice
A study of the Dutch Association for Justice (NVvR), among 684 of its members, shows half of the judges and prosecutors of justice fear the increasing workload may lead to judicial errors, reported NRC Handelsblad. 700 Judges signed a manifesto against the increased workload in 2012, which prompted the NVvR to conduct the study. 75 Percent of the surveyed feel the workload has only increased in the past years, and 70 percent feels the workload is greater than they are able to bear. 25 percent of management members work late about 16 hours a week. The association feels the health and wellness of the magistrates is at risk by structurally working late, reported the paper. The union wants to come to an agreement with the department of justice and the judges about easing their workload.