Protesting Dutch judges

16 December 2012 Posted by Wibo van Rossum

This does not happen often in the Netherlands: judges protesting against their workload and the increasing urge for efficiency. According to NRC (in Dutch), judges from the court of appeal in Leeuwarden have written a manifesto that is discussed internally. The judges complain that the quality of their work hardly receives any attention, while there is an increasing tendency to just look at the number of cases processed. The need to do ‘production’ replaces the need for attention to individual cases and legal quality.

In a first reaction the Council for the Judiciary agreed. “We share the concern”, they said.

To be continued …

About Wibo van Rossum

assistent professor at legal theory Utrecht University School of Law

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