Government prepares punishments against magistrates who delay proceedings

Talks commence on 16th June concerning a proposed revision of the statute of prosecutors, who delay without justification judicial proceedings.

Aimed at ending delays in the justice process the government wants to introduce revisions to the statute of prosecutors, by introducing measures to punish those who delay, without justification, the judicial processes, the newspaper Público reported.

Among the punishments foreseen are fines, compulsory transfer, suspension, or even expulsion from the profession.

The government’s proposal to revise the status of prosecutors begins today to be discussed with the Union of Magistrates of the Public Prosecutor’s Office (SMMP).

Speaking to Público, the president of the SMMP, António Ventinhas, guarantees that delays are systematically due “to the lack of magistrates,” many of whom “are doing the work of two people.”


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